The recent loss of spring seasons throughout the country will certainly put an added emphasis on the expected summer scene to come in May and June in many aspects. Players will be chomping at the bit to take the field for the first time in months while Major League Baseball scouts will be able to continue their talent evaluations throughout New England.
Players from coast to coast and at all levels have been impacted by baseball cancellations caused by coronavirus, so the Futures Collegiate Baseball League has announced a change for its 2020 season that will allow more players to return to the diamond.
Commissioner Joe Paolucci sent a letter to players on 2019 and 2020 Futures League rosters as well as college coaches on Thursday, announcing the expansion of rosters to 38 players for the coming summer. Seniors who intend to use the extra year of eligibility that has been offered by the NCAA will also be allowed to play in the Futures League in 2020.
Under regular circumstances, none of New England’s three summer leagues -- the Futures League, NECBL or Cape Cod League -- allow graduates to play following their senior seasons. Paolucci and his seven teams felt that it was important to act early in order to help those players who lost their potential final seasons of college ball.