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Play ball? Blue Earth Pirates looking to open season

By Staff | May 31, 2020

It appears we may hear the shout of “Play Ball” this summer. But, you may have to go across the border to hear those words in the beginning of the season.

The Blue Earth Pirates are set to open their season with a game on June 3, against Fairmont. The game will be played in Bancroft, Iowa, and is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Pirates will return to Bancroft on June 7 to take on the host city in a doubleheader. The starting times for those games have not been determined.

“We can play but not in Minnesota, yet,” Pirates player Lee Hodges explains. “It remains to be seen when that will happen.”

According to the Minnesota Baseball Association (MBA) website, a certified letter has been sent to Governor Walz with proposed guidelines for COVID-19 protection. A final list of guidelines will be emailed to all teams when they are approved.

At their May 23 board meeting, the MBA announced they are allowing teams to play games in neighboring states. That policy began on May 24.

“People are just clamoring,” MBA vice president Mark Forsman said in an interview with television station KMSP?Fox 9 out of the Twin Cities. “We are getting phone calls and emails saying ‘we want to get onto the field’.”

One thing which should not be a problem for most teams is the social distancing of fans.

According to the MBA, crowds average from 25-100 fans in facilities which can hold 600-1,000 people.

The Pirates and other town teams are now waiting to see if they will be able to play games on their home fields this year. Until then, many teams will cross the border to hear the crack of the bat and have a chance to play the game they love.