Lugnuts’ 25th anniversary delayed
By Kari Eastway
The Lansing Lugnuts are celebrating their 25th Minor League Baseball anniversary this 2020 season. However, due to COVID-19, the Capital’s baseball team is at a standstill until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gives further notice.
The Lugnuts have posted on their website: “Minor League Baseball announced on March 12, 2020 that the 2020 regular season is delayed indefinitely.”
The team was scheduled to open the season April 9 at West Michigan, but that game and all others for the forseeable future have been postponed.
Tyler Parsons, the general manager for the Lansing Lugnuts, spoke about the delayed season.
“We didn’t expect this curveball to the start of the 25th season of Lugnuts baseball, but look forward to celebrating with the community when it’s safe to resume operations,” Parsons said.
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the Lansing Lugnuts lead announcer, also spoke about the anniversary plans.
“There are so many elements that go into it (the anniversary) … we are not going to cancel it,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “There is still merch online; 25th anniversary bobbleheads.”
He said people can still purchase tickets online while the “Nuts and Bolts” retail store and Cooley Law School Stadium are closed.
Currently, there is no official date for the first game of the baseball season.
“We don’t know when the next game will be,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “If people purchased tickets online and the game is cancelled, then we will work with them.”
COVID-19 has had impacts on the staff and team, as well as the fans.
“It’s put our organization in a complete reset, and we’ve been working remotely for about two weeks now,” Parsons said. There will likely be a delayed start to the season, and this is normally the busiest time of the year for us as we’re getting ramped up and ready inside the stadium.
“We’re just doing everything we can do right now to communicate with fans, partners and the mid-Michigan community,” Parsons added. “We’ll do everything we can do to play our part in getting back to normal.”
Added Goldberg-Strassler: “We are all affected differently, but together. Take care of yourself individually, and in doing so, take care of the collective. It’s been heartening to see us coming together, although we have to be apart.
“The message has been very clear. We’re all sheltering in place.”
More information about the Lugnuts is available at https://www.milb.com/lansing or by calling 517-485-4500.