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Mohawks to compete in new league for 2020

AMSTERDAM — The Independent Collegiate Baseball League announces it will launch a four-team collegiate-level league this summer starting July 6 and playing through Aug. 13.

The league plans to operate for just the 2020 season.

The franchises of the Albany Dutch, Albany Athletics, Amsterdam Mohawks and Glens Falls Independents have joined together to play a 30-game season. 

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to be able to get some baseball in this summer,” Amsterdam Mohawks General Manger Brian Spagnola said in a news release. “The players need it and the community needs it. Even if things will be modified, it is still a positive step towards normalcy that we all need.”

Teams will play three doubleheaders per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays with all league games being played at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam and East Field in Glens Falls.  

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for so many local players to get back on the baseball field especially in a safe environment,” Albany Dutch General Manger Jason Brinkman said in the release. “Everyone is excited and can’t wait to get started.”

The ICBL will have a focused effort on the safety and health of its teams by implementing numerous protocols this season including a certified athletic trainer at every game, sanitized baseballs during games, sanitized dugouts after every game, players being required to bring their own equipment (bats, helmets, gloves), and players spread out throughout the dugouts, bullpens and stands during games.

Per state guidance, the ICBL will allow participating players up to two family members per game in attendance. Both ICBL venues will also offer sit-down outdoor dining options as well in accordance with county health regulations.

“In my many years around baseball, I have never seen empty baseball fields in the summer,” Glens Falls Independents Generaal Manager Ben Bernard said in the release. “I’m looking forward to baseball in 2020 and making sure our local baseball players did not go without the game they have been playing since Little League.”

The ICBL is the only collegiate-level league in the Greater Capital Region to operate this summer after the cancellations of several other local baseball leagues. Rosters have been recruited by each team and are comprised of the most talented locally based players. Nick Davey will manage the Dutch, Joe Altieri will manage the Athletics, Keith Griffin will manage the Mohawks, and Steve St. Claire will manage the Independents.

 “This is an exciting opportunity to play baseball this summer considering the circumstances COVID-19 has presented to all of us,” Altieri said in the release. “None of us were sure we would have baseball at all but thanks to the collaborative thinking, efforts and many conference calls between our four teams, we’re glad we can provide baseball to over 100 players this summer.”

The league will announce its season schedule soon, as well as its Twitter handle where those interested will be able to locate news, schedule information, and results.

Three teams can currently be found on Twitter at: @DutchAlbany, @AlbanyAthletics, @MohawksBaseball.

The ICBL can be emailed at IndependentCollegiateBB@gmail.com.

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