Laramie Rangers Baseball Season Remains Up in the Air
The fate of American Legion Baseball in Laramie for the 2020 season will come down to a vote during a board meeting on Wednesday.
The Laramie Rangers are one of the teams that have not resumed practice for this season under new guidelines established on May 2 by State Chairman Cody Beers.
Whether Laramie has a season at all comes down to a decision the legion baseball board will make on Wednesday night.
KOWB reached out to Laramie manager Aaron Lozano who explained there could be no Laramie Rangers in 2020.
“It’s possible we may not have a team this year. This board is considering several factors surrounding a season.”
Lozano added that concerns have been raised over the COVID-19 pandemic, which he fully understands.
The Vice President of the American Legion Baseball Board in Laramie is Baend Buus. He told KOWB that they are continuing to work towards clarifying a number of issues.
“With mixed messages, we can’t really move forward yet. We don’t have all the information we need. The next 48 hours are key.”
A major hurdle is an insurance policy for the program and what it covers because of the cancelation of coverage from the American Legion National Organization. It’s something they’re working on, according to Buus.
They’ve asked members of Husted-Pendleton American Legion Post 14 if they are okay with the program playing baseball this summer. The Legion Board has also sought parental input and continue to seek more information to make an informed decision.
Buus added, “We have to vote on Wednesday, even if things are still murky. We feel a responsibility to have a vote.”
The Legion Board has moved to get approval to get on a field from Albany County Health officials and acquired the supply of hand sanitizer to cover the needs for legion baseball.
Buus stated that the soonest teams could possibly get on a field would be May 15.
The City of Laramie fields are still closed and expected to be until at least June 1 under the current information they have, as outlined by State and Local Government agencies. This was confirmed by the City of Laramie Parks and Recreation Parks Manager Scott Hunter on Monday. Hunter also stated that this could change depending on what’s outlined by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon this week. The Governor is holding a press conference on Wednesday.