Major League Baseball was slated to start its season three weeks ago. The Olean Oilers, a summer collegiate baseball team, was supposed to begin play in late May. For now, all sports have been put on hold as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on.
But a tweet from New York Collegiate Baseball League on Thursday gave baseball fans a glimmer of hope.
According to the tweet, NYCBL plans to begin its season on June 15, but with some changes.
Almost every team, including the Oilers, will compete in a 32-game, league-play only season.
Hornell and Genesee have already elected to sit out the 2020 season.
Additional details in the Tweet include:
The teams will divide into two divisions, East and West.
The Rochester Ridgemen will move to the West Division.
Playoffs will be a double-elimination tournament. The top two teams from each division will play at a neutral site from July 31 to Aug. 2.
According to the tweet, NYCBL will continue to follow state and national guidelines. The NYCBL will issue another update in early May.
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.