LANCASTER, Pa. – On what would have been Opening Day for the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, president Rick White assured fans that the ALPB intends to play ball in 2020.
The Atlantic League Championship Season remains officially postponed as ALPB and club officials continue to closely track coronavirus developments. All teams, including the Somerset Patriots, are adhering to guidelines issued by federal, state, and local authorities and health agencies.
“The safety of each team’s fans, staffs, and on-field personnel remains our first priority,” White said. “Meanwhile, we are making every effort to play a competitive 2020 schedule. The ALPB is committed to welcoming back fans to our ballparks when games are approved and it is safe to play ball again.”
White continued, "To our loyal fans and sponsors, thank you for your resolute support. It has never been more significant.”
The Patriots and the other teams in the league have been signing players during the off season, with several Patriots'' players returning from the 2019 roster.
Additional announcements regarding the ALPB 2020 Championship Season will be made on all league and team websites and official social media platforms.
In addition to the Patriots, who play their home games at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, the league includes the Long Island Ducks; Southern Maryland Blue Crabs; High Point (NC) Rockers; SugarLand Skeeters (Texas); Lancaster Barnstormers; York Revolution and the Road Warriors.
The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to Major League Baseball organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans in its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.