The 2020 Baseball Season’s One Bright Spot

  • Most of the MLB season was cancelled including the pre-season.
  • Minor League Baseball was cancelled for the first time ever.
  • MSBL kept the true pastoral baseball spirit alive in 2020.

2020 is a year that most Americans want to quickly forget. That goes for the 2020 baseball season as well. America and the sport of baseball were dramatically affected by COVID-19. Baseball fans were out of luck as they were entirely restricted from attending professional or semi-pro games. Watching on TV wasn’t much better as the 2020 World Series had the smallest TV audience in the history of the Fall Classic.

Most of the MLB season was cancelled including the pre-season, the much anticipated Iowa Field of Dreams game, Puerto Rico series, London Series and All Star game. The short 60 game season was played in empty stadiums. Some of MLB’s biggest stars opted out of the season altogether. Dozens of games of the shortened season were postponed due to players testing positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse the season was mired in a controversial political player movement which resulted in even more games being called off. But it wasn’t just the MLB that was hit hard by COVID-19.

There was one bright spot in the world of baseball.

Minor League Baseball was cancelled for the first time ever. The NCAA college baseball season was cancelled. The Little League World Series and region tournaments were cancelled for the first time in its history. Independent professional leagues like the Atlantic and Frontier Leagues suspended their seasons. Cooperstown, known as the home of baseball, was not spared either. The annual Hall of Fame Classic game, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (which expected to draw the biggest crowd ever this year) and Dream Park youth tournament were all called off. No baseball was played at the iconic Doubleday field which had its 100 year anniversary on Sept 6, 2020. And the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum was closed for almost four months. A sad set of unprecedented circumstances for baseball fans.

But there was one bright spot in the world of baseball. A league that had thousands of fans across America in attendance on local baseball fields all summer long. MSBL (Men’s Senior Baseball League) is America’s largest amateur baseball league where former pro and MLB players are also known to play.

The MSBL birthplace and headquarters is located in Long Island, NY . The nationwide league originated back in 1988. It holds annual fall and winter tournaments in MLB spring training stadiums FITTEAM Ballpark (home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals spring training), Roger Dean Stadium (home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals spring training) Tempe Diablo Stadium (home of the Los Angeles Angels spring training) and the historic Doubleday Field (Cooperstown, NY). The league has multiple age brackets from +18, +25, +35, +45 and +50 age groups.

MSBL kept the true pastoral baseball spirit alive in 2020. Local games across small town, suburbia and big city America successfully generally avoided the effects of COVID-19 lock-downs and politics. Fans enthusiastically attended local parks watching competitive play at all levels. America’s pastime was represented by the MSBL league from coast to coast in which was an otherwise very disappointing 2020 baseball season.

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Mike Smith

Stories on why we love America. Baseball, small towns, road trips, history, freedom, God, patriotism, family, friends, holidays and more.

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