(Danube, MN) — For the first time since 1923 there will be no American Legion Baseball in Minnesota. The state’s executive board canceled the 2020 summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Randy Schaub of Danube is the Director of American Legion Baseball in Minnesota. He says the decision was made on Saturday after a virtual meeting of the 14-member board. He says the national American Legion dropped support, including player insurance, and that was the final straw for the Minnesota committee. Schaub says they worked hard to try to salvage the season in some way, or at least wait longer to make the final decision, but when the national tournaments were canceled and the insurance dropped, that was it. He says it was “devastating” for the board and having to shutter the season made him sick to his stomach. More than 360 teams in Minnesota traditionally player American Legion Baseball, making it the country’s top state in total teams. Schaub is also the head coach at Renville County West High School and says this situation has created a double dose of bad news for him, as he has now had to tell his high school players and his legion players they will not have a season.
The Director of American Legion Baseball in Minnesota Randy Schaub spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: