Rumble Ponies Extend Season on Hold
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies announced today (Friday) that the start of the 2020 baseball season is postponed until at least June 15. In a press release from the Rumble Ponies office the announcement states "In following guidance from the CDC, health officials and Minor League Baseball, the start of the 2020 Binghamton Rumble Ponies season will be postponed until at least June 15. Make-up dates for impacted games will be announced at a later date."
Binghamton's scheduled opening date was April 9 which was a home night game versus Akron. The Rumble Ponies say they continue to work to develop a plan to ensure a safe return to baseball.
Rumble Ponies General Manager John "JB" Bayne says " Our staff continues to work towards a solution for reopening the ballpark this summer. When the season starts we will ensure staff, players and fans are given the opportunity to enjoy America's past time in a safe environment."
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball (MLB) has yet to firm up a call to action plan. Discussions are ongoing including one proposal that would have all teams play their games at least to start in Arizona. Opponents to that plan cite summer temperatures that are regularly in the mid-90's to over 100 degrees. Part of the plan would have all team personnel be sequestered away from family, girl friends and other friends. The plan does not specify whether this would be for a full season or just to get the season started.
With players, coaches and other on-field staff assigned to affiliates like Binghamton from their Major League parent teams the Rumble Ponies and other Minor League clubs will be waiting to receive word on when and if they can get underway.