Excuse us for being a little late on this one, but last week, the Lakeshore Chinooks quietly announced the team’s 2020 season has officially been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Though some Northwoods League teams—including five Wisconsin affiliates—are set to start their season July 1, the Chinooks—who were awaiting word from the league—will not be one of them. All vouchers and certificates designated for the 2020 season will be accepted for any 2021 home game.

Here’s the official statement from the team:

The Lakeshore Chinooks regret to inform our loyal fans that we will not play a 2020 season due to COVID-19. The safety of our staff, players, host families, and fans are our number one concern.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but as we discussed it, we realized we wouldn’t be able to deliver the same opportunity and experience for our players, staff, and fans that you’ve come to expect,” said Jim Kacmarcik, President of Kapco, Inc and Owner, Lakeshore Chinooks.

All season ticket holders and sponsors will be contacted by a member of our front office in the coming days to discuss options related to ticket purchases and partnerships. All vouchers and certificates designated for the 2020 season will be accepted for any 2021 home game.

Thank you for your continued support of Lakeshore Chinooks baseball. Please follow our website and social media platforms to stay informed about upcoming events and updates for our 2021 season. We look forward to coming back in 2021, stronger than ever.

And here’s a statement from Chinooks owner Jim Kacmarcik:

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit lakeshorechinooks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.

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