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Duluth Huskies Hope to Play Ball this Summer with New League Plan

Updated: May 22, 2020 07:10 PM

The Duluth Huskies couldn't predict the curveball they would be thrown in the 2020 season due to COVID-19. Because of the virus, the Northwoods League was forced to cancel it's league wide opening day that was set for May 26.

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Earlier this week, the Bismarck Larks announced that they have been given the approval to play games with fans in the stands in North Dakota starting June 15th. With this decision, the Huskies hope that they too can soon hear the words 'play ball.'

"It's America's game. That and apple pie as they always say," said Duluth Huskies Owner Mike Rosenzweig. "We're going to do everything we can to put together a season no matter how short it may be to keep our fans where they want to be and that's here at the ballpark," he added.

"We need the ballpark open July 1st. We need to be able to have fans," said Duluth huskies General Manager Greg Culver. "Really how all of this is going to work is going to be based on what Mayor [Emily] Larson decides for Wade Stadium."

Duluth city officials have closed down Wade Stadium until July 1st.

Currently 35 players, four coaches, 30 interns and thousands of Huskies fans are waiting for city approval to potentially begin a season.

The Northwoods League that plays in six states and a province in Canada are planning to conduct three waves to where teams can start a season. The first being June 15th the last being July 15th.

One of the league's plans includes conducting play in pods of four, six, or eight teams to limit travel this season. The league’s franchise in Bismarck hopes to host several series against Thunder Bay and another Bismarck team formed from an additional players. With other summer leagues, such as the Cape Cod League, canceling their season already there are plenty of talented players available for the Northwoods League.

"We don't want to do anything here at Wade Stadium with the Huskies that's going to put anyone in danger. This is a pandemic and we have to remember that," said Rosenzweig. "We love baseball and we want to play baseball."

"Do your work. It's go time until they shut the doors, so that's how we're preparing," added Culver.

The organization says they need to know by June 23 if the ballpark is going to be open. If the Huskies were given the green light to play by July 15, their season could stretch until about September 4.

Rosenzweig added that any fan that has purchased tickets for this season, they will be able to use them for next season if no baseball is played this summer.

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