Another local summer sports event has been suspended, the latest victim being American Legion baseball.
David Greenleaf, Connecticut state chairman of American Legion baseball, announced the news in a release on Monday night, stating that the National American Legion had shut down all baseball sponsorship for the 2020 season, as did the Department of Connecticut, leaving the league with no choice but to suspend, and potentially cancel entirely, the season that was supposed to begin next month.
“There is no insurance for our teams at this time,” Monday night’s statement read. “And without insurance we cannot play or conduct any baseball activities.”
Legion baseball in Connecticut is not completely lost just yet, but it certainly appears to be heading in that direction, with the stripping of sponsorship being a crucial blow to any hopes of players taking the field this summer.
“The committee continues to look for ways to play baseball independently of the American Legion,” the statement read. “But without insurance and the financial support of the American Legion we know this will be a very difficult challenge for us.”
The committee is expected to make such a decision about playing independently or canceling the season no later than June 1.
“The baseball committee appreciates all of the support we have received over the past several weeks as we have worked to find a way to play baseball this summer,” the statement read. “Unfortunately the developments of the past few days have made all of that work moot and taken the decision making out of our hands. We look forward to being back under the American Legion umbrella in 2021 and expect to see all of you joining us then.”