Saltdogs anniversary season in doubt

Charlie Meyer is preparing the Lincoln Saltdogs for a special season in 2020. The Saltdogs are celebrating their 20th anniversary, which Meyer is planning multiple promotions and special events. Now he's wondering if any games will be played in 2020.

"Its probably not going to happen," Meyer said. "I hate to be negative, but I think we have to be realists."

Meyer says the American Association of Independent Baseball holds weekly meetings, which bring together front-office executives and team owners.. The league consists of 12 teams, half of which reside in the Midwest. Rosters include players from across the United States and beyond. Several international players compete in the American Association.

"We all need to be best stewards of our communities," Meyer said. "What is best for everyone in Lincoln, Nebraska may not be best for everyone in Kansas City, or St. Paul, or whatever the case may be."

Meyer serves as the president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs. Meyer says multiple scenarios have been discussed for the 2020 season, yet no decision has been made due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Saltdogs, like most American Association teams, have players from across the country on the roster. In some instances, international players seek opportunities to play in the American Association.

Another factor when evaluating the season is the Winnipeg Goldeyes, one of the league's premier organizations. Canada currently has a restriction for all non-essential travel across its border.

"I think there's a really good chance that there is not any baseball at Haymarket Park this summer," Meyer said.

The Saltdogs are scheduled to open the 2020 season on May 19th in St. Paul.