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Prospect League Cancels Its 2020 Season

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It’s a series of tough phone calls to make… notifying an expanded roster of 30 players, host families, support staff and sponsors. A product of the state the coronavirus pandemic has created.

In a news release Friday morning, the Prospect League announced the heartbreaking determination to cancel the 2020 season. The decision was based on the varying COVID-19 pandemic guidelines for safety, protection and limits on public gatherings and travel across the five states that are home to Prospect League teams.

The cancellation did not come without tireless effort to try to find a way to play. “We sure did our due diligence,” Chillicothe Paints Managing Partner Bryan Wickline said. “We’ve spent weeks and weeks of exploring options and gathering other teams’ information on their local and state guidelines. There were so many factors out of our control as far as other teams in the league were concerned.”

“The whole situation is just sad,” Wickline added. “There are still so many unknowns as it relates to the slow opening of the other states in our league. We had two teams lose the ability to play in their facilities a week or so ago. It came to a point where we were just running out of time and still had a lot of unanswered questions.”

We are heartbroken to announce that the 2020 season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting…

Posted by Prospect League on Friday, May 29, 2020

In addition to Ohio’s reopening guidelines, the Paints and the Prospect League are also at the mercy of four other states’ guidelines (West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri), which all currently differ from one another. “It comes down to the Paints have to have teams to play,” said Wickline. “We have two teams in Ohio in the Prospect League (out of 12). Ohio has been one of the quickest states to open up, especially for baseball and softball games. And, for that, we’re very thankful.”

Although the Paints won’t be playing baseball for the first time since their first season in 1993, the organization will be hosting baseball and softball games and other events throughout the summer and fall. In fact, the Paints and VA Memorial Stadium will be hosting high school and youth travel baseball teams beginning June 2. American Legion teams and softball games will also be played, with some extra safety measures. Anyone attending these events at VA Memorial Stadium must adhere to new rules and regulations based on local, state and federal guidelines, which be found on the Paints’ website,, and on signs at the stadium entrance.

“Let’s just say there will be plenty of masks and hand sanitizer to go around,” Wickline explained. “We will follow the mandates and guidelines given to us for the facility to open safely. If you feel sick or if you’re uncomfortable being outside in an open setting around others, we kindly ask that you stay home.”

Masks will be required for everyone if the six-foot social distancing guideline cannot be maintained. “It’s a VA Hospital grounds mandate,” Wickline said. “However, the stadium can hold over 3,000 people, so keeping your distance from others should not be an issue, as these types of events typically draw less than 100 fans.”

The Chillicothe Paints do plan to defend their Prospect League championship and continue their tradition of providing affordable family entertainment to the area next summer. “It’s important to put the Paints in a position to return for the 2021 season,” Wickline added. “That’s our main focus now.”

We would like to thank our loyal fans, sponsors, booster club and host families for their continued support and look forward to playing again in 2021. “That’s the best we can hope for right now,” Wickline added.

Paints Season Pushed Back To July 1st, 2020

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Prospect League announced Wednesday a change in the 2020 schedule resulting in Opening Day moving from May 28 to July 1. 

“The Paints are cautiously optimistic but very hopeful that we will play a revised Prospect League schedule at VA Memorial Stadium this summer,” said Paints managing partner Bryan Wickline. “As a league, we targeted July 1 as Opening Day for the 2020 Season. With teams in five states and varied restrictions and extended stay-at-home orders, we look forward to the day we hear, “Play Ball!”  

The Paints will be taking extra precautions to keep fans, players and staff safe.

“We will certainly abide by our local, state, federal government and health organizations guidelines once we are permitted to host games,” Wickline added. “We will open VA Memorial Stadium as long as the safety and health of our fans, players, staff and umpires is met by the group-gathering guidelines and mandates.” 

Wickline continued, “As a country, this has been a challenge like no other! We look forward to the day when Paints games and VA Memorial stadium can be an outlet to safely gather and celebrate, entertain and cheer – for each other and for America’s favorite pastime – like never before.”

“Numerous American Legion and travel baseball organizations plan to host their games and tournaments this summer at VA Memorial Stadium as soon as they are permitted given Ohio’s gradual reopening. We will host these events as we are able to follow the recommended guidelines when they are played,” said Wickline.

The Paints downtown Gift Shop and Administrative office will reopen to regular business hours beginning Monday, May 18. 

From Around the Web: Prospect League; OHSAA Announcements

The Chillicothe Paints retweeted a message from the Prospect League:
“To all our loyal fans. Thanks you for showing tremendous patience during this difficult time. We are currently planning to play the 2020 Prospect League season as scheduled. We will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and relay updates as they become available.

The Paints won the PL Championship in 2019, with hopes of repeating in 2020. The season is scheduled to begin May 28, 2020.

What’s ahead for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Winter tournament season and Spring Sports? We should find out more at noon Thursday.

Reds Caravan 2020

Reds Caravan Hits Chillicothe Excited About 2020 Outlook

NEW VIDEO from Litter Media: The North Leg of the Cincinnati Reds Winter Caravan Tour stopped in Chillicothe January 16th. Litter Media’s Dan Ramey talked to Reds Manager David Bell about the club’s off season moves, the pitching rotation, the 2019 brawls with the Pirates and adding Shogo Akiyama to the roster.
Thanks to tour host iHeartMedia Chillicothe for studio access.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey talked to one of the Reds newest players Mike Moustakas about joining the team and what his vision is for the 2020 MLB season.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey talked to Reds/FOX Sports Ohio broadcaster Thom Brenneman, former Reds catcher Corky Miller, minor league outfielder Narciso Cook and Pam McFarland of Caravan sponsor