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Growlers baseball game postponed after visit from officials

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 08, 2020

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Wednesday night’s game between the Kalamazoo Growlers and the Mac Daddies was postponed after visits from the health department and sheriff’s office showed the baseball teams weren’t ready to play, the Growlers announced.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Restarting Professional Sports” executive order allows professional players to participate in games if six feet of distancing is maintained to the extent possible within the sport.

However, college athletes must maintain that distance at all times, which is not possible in baseball, the Growlers said in a news release.

The teams do not qualify for the professional sports exception unless their players are paid, which would forfeit their college eligibility, the release said.

The Growlers said the game had already been approved June 29, and the team is looking for “more clarity as to the timing and reasoning behind this abrupt decision.”

Anyone who has tickets for games missed will receive tickets to future games, the team said.