For baseball fans and athletes here on the Central Coast this time of the year is supposed to be full of fun and excitement, but unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SLO Blues will not be fielding a summer baseball team this season.
"When it came down to it, we simply felt that we could not justify putting anyone else at risk just to save a buck," General Manager Adam Stowe said.
As of now the Blues are the only team in the California Collegiate League that have officially canceled their season. The other nine teams in the CCL are planning to start the season on July 1st.
"All the other teams in our league have been extremely supportive and understand our rationale," Stowe said. "We just felt like it was our time to step out."
As the focus shifts to 2021, being a special part of the community can bode well for the Blues in the long run.
"I've been extremely overwhelmed by the level of support we've received from the community," Stowe added. "From high school athletes to sponsors, to vendors and charity partners, everyone is fully on board for 2021."
As for getting players back in the future, Stowe hopes athletes take these unique circumstances into consideration.
"Our health was their primary concern," Stowe stated. "Whether or not they see that now I'm sure they will at some point. I don't foresee any problems getting players back here."