The Rochester Honkers want to play.
The Honkers announced Tuesday that they have their “Readiness Safety Plans” in place to open Mayo Field. They hope to begin the 2020 season whenever they get the thumbs-up from the state of Minnesota.
Other Northwoods League teams have started to prepare for baseball. The Honkers want to get in on the fun.
“While we are certainly happy for them, it’s also frustrating at the same time to see other teams within our same league now being able to get their stadiums ready to play and start inviting their players to their respective cities to begin pre-season workouts,” Honkers co-owner Chris Goodell said.
Goodell is part of a group that owns the La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers and Mankato MoonDogs. The Loggers and the Green Bay Booyah are a few of the Wisconsin teams that are receiving the go-ahead to play. The Bismarck (N.D.) Larks are planning to start their season on June 15. But Minnesota teams are still forced to sit on their hands.
“It’s no secret that we’re a seasonal business that fully depends on fans in our stands during the summer months and the support from our great community sponsors to operate,” Goodell said. “We only have a finite window to get in our home games and, if we don’t get clearance soon, that window will be closing.”
General manager Jeremy Aagard said he believes that baseball at Mayo Field can be played safely.
“Our readiness safety plan illustrates that we can provide social distance seating options in our ballpark and being outdoors during this time is definitely advantageous,” Aagard said. “Furthermore, the game of baseball itself provides a great deal of social distancing within the game. We’ve provided our readiness safety plan to the park & recreation department who oversees Mayo Field, they’ve been tremendously helpful and great to work with.”
The Honkers have been "bombarded with players who want to play."
Now, they wait for news from the capital.