American Association Postpones Season Until July: Reaction From F-M RedHawks
Plan to play an 80-game season
FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks will have to put their 25th anniversary season on hold as the american association announced today that the league is postponing the start of the season until July and still trying to play a full 80-game season into September.
What went into the decision to happen a month before the season was suppose to get under way on May 19?
RedHawks general manger Matt Rau weighs in.
“A lot of it has to do with essentially involving an international league. You’re not just looking at one city, one state and what they’re doing,” Rau said. “You want to take in as much information before you make any formal decisions. We still have the advantage of time to do this but now that we have this time of an early July start date, it gives us more time to evaluate with the decision.”
With a near two-month delay to the season comes the impact it’ll leave on the organization and the RedHawks hopes much of the problems can be limited.
“Were trying to operate as much as business as usual but you know best case scenario were going to lose ten home games out of our 50 that are normally scheduled so there will be some financial impact on the organization but hopefully we can get this going and minimize any of it,” Rau said.
With the RedHawks having many players from all over the country, having them all in one place or having no season at all could be tough for their lives, however, the league is putting together a plan to help them for either scenario.
“As of right now the league is looking at various options to have a coordinated effort for what we can do to help these players in this time whether its standard unemployment or something else that comes out from it,” Rau said. “The conversations are happening weekly.”
When the season starts back up, the RedHawks and the American Association have actions in place to make fans feel comfortable at the ballpark.
“We’ve all written action plans when it comes to the safety of our fans whether its enhanced cleaning measures or social distancing,” Rau said. “Were going to everything that the CDC recommends, government and federal, state and local officials all play a role in the reopening because we want the fans to feel confident that when they’re in our stadium, they’re protected.”
Baseball will be back soon and if it happens to be July as the American Association is planning for, taking in a RedHawks game at Newman Outdoor Field will give us that sense of normalcy and happiness once again.
As sports fans, that’s all we can ask for.
Let’s all hang in there. Stay safe keep our distance and wash our hands.