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A single season of baseball may be a small sacrifice

We suspected this would happen. Now it’s official. The State College Spikes will not play this summer at Medlar Field — in fact, none of the New York-Penn League will play this summer.

“This is the epiphany and realization of where we are. And in a practical sense, it was the only thing to do,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball president and CEO, in making the announcement that the 2020 season officially has been canceled.

The local season had been delayed, but some continued to hold out hope for a shortened season this summer.

While baseball fans may have longed to go to a game, the fact that the ballpark will remain closed this summer likely comes as a blessing.

By now we all have been schooled on the dangers of large gatherings because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

And on the heels of the July 4 holiday, concerns again are running high over holiday events in which social distancing, masking and preventing the spread of the coronavirus were dismissed by far too many people.

The number of cases continues to rise, and it’s not just in nursing homes anymore. Now young people are being infected in bigger numbers.

We do not look forward to the numbers that will come out in the days and weeks ahead. We do not want to see a surge in cases in Pennsylvania, let alone our region.

Patience is the virtue that may spare many. One season of baseball is a small sacrifice.

What baseball will look like next year, though, is yet to be determined. The Professional Baseball Agreement between Minor League and Major League Baseball expires in September, and even before the pandemic, there had been concerns that the local team could be one of 42 teams to be cut.

Let’s hope by then it’s safe to gather again.

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