(Pine Island, MN) — Minnesota high school baseball coaches and players are dealing with a season that is hanging in limbo. The executive director of the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Craig Anderson says this is a big challenge for communities to rally around each other, while trying to keep their distance. Anderson says the timing of the season suspension is not great for high school baseball, but players and coaches will need to take an optimistic approach and create memories with teammates in new ways that might not include team practices and games. He says seniors should take the lead with teams right now and show the young players during trying times that there are things more important than sports. Anderson also says players should try to find some time to get some physical conditioning in at home now, while also making sure they are staying safe. Anderson is the retired head baseball coach at Pine Island, who still volunteers with the team and is in the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as well as in the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches High School Hall of Fame and the Minnesota State High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm spoke this week with Craig Anderson: