Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

St. Paul Saints to begin 2020 season ...in Sioux Falls

The Saints will play a 60-game season beginning July 3.
St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints will begin their 2020 season on July 3 as The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball announced on Friday that they will play a 60-game schedule in order to provide a meaningful season.

Despite the announcement, the Saints will not return to CHS Field in St. Paul to open the season as the American Association will implement a hub city system until restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are relaxed across the league.

Instead the Saints will play at Sioux Falls Stadium, which will serve as one hub along with Fargo and Milwaukee.

“Our sincere hope, and frankly, our plan is to play baseball in St. Paul sooner rather than later,” Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer said in a press release. 

“There were several contingencies discussed, but we realized moving forward with this system was both best for the league and for our ability to accomplish our primary goal of entertaining fans at CHS Field this summer."

Under the system, the league will use six teams at three different hubs. The Saints will be paired up with the Sioux Falls Canaries while the Winnipeg Goldeyes are with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo and the Chicago Dogs will be paired with the Milwaukee Milkmen at Ballpark Commons.

Meanwhile, the Cleburne Railroaders, Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers, and Texas AirHogs have opted not to partake and return for the 2021 season.

The six teams will hold a truncated spring training beginning on Monday and begin their season on July 3. 42 of their 60 games will be played at the hub stadium with 30 designated as "home" games and 12 against the other team at their respective hub.

The American Association will also try different rules during the season including the elimination of rookie, LS, and veteran minimums and maximums on rosters, and a draft of players from non-participating clubs.

While it is disappointing that the Saints will not return to CHS Field right away, the team is allowing fans to exchange any purchased tickets for a game during the 2020 season once they return or in 2021.

Until then, the Saints have been developing a COVID readiness plan to prepare for their return including socially distant seating, cashless payments and increased sanitation measures.

Next Up

Gopher Basketball

Michigan State hands Gophers first loss

The 19th ranked Spartans knocked Minnesota from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Finch

Patrick Beverley returns but Jazz rout Timberwolves

The Jazz avenged last season's 0-3 record with a blowout victory.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings-Steelers: 5 things you can count on

After an embarrassing loss to the Lions, can the Vikings get it together?

snow, snowing

Winter storm watch expands north, includes parts of Twin Cities

Everyone in southern Minnesota will want to keep an eye on forecast changes.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

5-year-old boy fatally shot on Thanksgiving identified

Police said a few juveniles at the home were making a social media video when the gun went off.

PAMP travail 1

Pig Ate My Pizza will close at the end of the year.

Its leaders plan to relaunch and "get back to the humble beginnings of Travail."

flickr - criticla care nurses nov 2021

Allina parts ways with 53 of 27,000 employees over vaccine mandate

That's about 0.2% of the health care system's workforce.

US Bank Stadium, Vikings fans

Matthew Coller: How will Vikings fans react on Thursday night?

Will years of disappointment be revealed if the Vikings struggle against the Steelers?

dinner party holidays gathering celebration 1

Health officials encourage getting vaccinated and tested before the holidays

The state has launched a "Celebrate Safely, Minnesota" campaign to make it easier to get tested and vaccinated.

Kjellberg booking photo crop

Charges: Parking dispute, scuffle preceded fatal stabbing

The suspect said he was upset about neighbors and their friends regularly parking on his property.

Dave Hutchinson

Hennepin Co. Sheriff injured in rollover, admits to drinking beforehand

The sheriff, in a statement, called it an "inexcusable decision."

CDC - vaccine band aid

COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in MN dominated by unvaccinated

The latest figures from October show a disproportionate number of deaths among the unvaccinated.

Related

St. Paul Saints

St. Paul Saints could become a minor league team under MLB proposal

MLB has suggested to make the Saints an affiliated minor league team as early as the 2021 season.

CHS Field, St. Paul Saints

Twins invite St. Paul Saints as part of revamped minor league system

The St. Paul Saints will become a Triple-A affiliate as part of the overhaul.

Screen Shot 2020-02-25 at 5.01.35 PM

Saints announce 'Astro The Grouch' bobblehead night

Sources say the word of the day might be asterisk.

Nopening Day

St. Paul Saints' 'Nopening Day' event proved to be a huge success

If you thought a pandemic would stop the Saints' promotions, you've sadly mistaken.

CHS Field

Start of St. Paul Saints season delayed to May

Major League Baseball says it's being 'prudent' in delaying the minor league season.

CHS Field, St. Paul Saints

St. Paul Saints outline COVID-19 safety plans for CHS Field

League officials are aiming to start the season in early July.

Target Field

MLB, MLBPA reach agreement to begin 2020 season

Players will report to training camp next week and the season will begin on July 24.