07/07/2020 4:38 AM
Article By: CCBL Public Relations Office
The Cape Cod Baseball League is looking forward to getting back to baseball in 2021, and releasing the 2021 season schedule is the first step in that plan.
“Having missed out on 2020, we’re excited to get back to the ballpark and watch the cleats hit the dirt,” said League Commissioner Eric Zmuda. Longtime president Chuck Sturtevant shared that sentiment: “I look forward to next year, and going to a baseball game again like I’ve been doing for the last 34 years.”
The opportunity is equally exciting for the players on the field, and many expect the league to showcase some of the best on-field talent in years. Sturtevant agrees, saying that he hopes the league will “open up like gangbusters in 2021 because of changes to the MLB Draft, which will incentivise more players to spend another year in college and on the Cape to improve their draft stock.”
The 2021 season has been released on the league website, with a few notable highlights. The league will be back to baseball on Opening Day, June 12, 2021 with a full slate of games, including a matchup between the Wareham Gatemen and Cotuit Kettleers at 5pm at Lowell Park in Cotuit. It will be the Kettleer's first game back at Lowell Park since ending the 2019 season with the Championship trophy.
On June 16th the Bourne Braves, managed by Harvey Shapiro, will host the Y-D Red Sox, managed by Scott Pickler, at 6pm. It will be the first matchup of the season between the two managers, who are both Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame members. Pickler was inducted in 2019 and Shapiro in 2020.
The Cape League’s most high-profile event, the annual All-Star Game will return to Spillane Field in Wareham after missing out on the opportunity in 2020. The game will be played July 24th with the first pitch at 6pm and the Home Run Contest and autograph signings happening that afternoon. The All-Star game also features vendor booths and food trucks for fans who want to grab some ballpark food and a baseball cap.
So mark your calendars, folks! The Cape League will be back with velocity in 2021, and there is no denying that it is shaping up to be one of the best seasons ever. The complete 2021 schedule can be found here: https://bit.ly/3iEJnrf