Expedition League exploring contingency options for season
Baseball leagues have been cancelled left and right this past month, but one league is still remaining hopeful that they will have a season.
The Expedition League announced this past Friday that the season was postponed.
The Hastings Sodbusters were set to open the season on May 26, but now they must wait.
In the meantime, the Expedition League has come up with some contingency plans that they may explore.
"We have contingency plans that essentially start in the middle of June, providing that everything would be available at that point," said Sodbusters general manager and co-owner Scott Galusha. "We could really start as late as early July and still be able to get enough games in to where we can have a successful season."
Galusha said the league expects to make a decision on a contingency plan in a few weeks to let everyone involved in the season know so they can prepare accordingly, because of everything that goes into planning for a season.
However they don't want to make a decision too fast.
"We’re gonna just try to wait as long as we can as a league to not jump the gun and cancel anything before we know we have to do that, and make sure that we have all the data and everything in front of us," said Galusha. "So we are in constant contact with not only the state of Nebraska, but the city of Hastings as well, to make sure that we’re all on the same page."
Galusha said that safety is obviously their number one priority, and they want the season to operate like it normally would. Rather than with the social distancing guidelines.
"We want people to be able to come out and enjoy the game, and not have a bunch of limitations in terms of how close we can sit and all those things," said Galusha.
Playing a season without allowing fans in the stands is not an option for the Sodbusters. Even though no sponsors have dropped out, it would not be financially viable for the league. Because of the amount of money they spend on each player on and off the field, along with their employees. Galusha also says it wouldn't make much sense.
"Without people in the stands, I would find it very difficult for us to find a way to do that," said Galusha. "Again, I think it would come back to the same thing. If it's not safe to go to a baseball game, then I'm not sure it's safe for them to play without fans. But again, time will tell."
Galusha said that if the season is cancelled it is ultimately the state of Nebraska and the city of Hastings decision, but it is a decision that they would respect.