Team plans to return in 2021

HORNELL — The Hornell Dodgers board of directors has agreed to sit out of the 2020 New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) season, the franchise announced Thursday.


The team plans to field a team during the 2021 season.


Dodgers general manager Paul Welker detailed how difficult of a decision it was to make.


"We have hosted a summer collegiate baseball team in Hornell for 27 consecutive summers so this decision was not easy at all,“ Welker said. ”We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the years. Our financials heading into the 2020 season were not where we wanted them and the risks associated with the current health crisis led to this decision."


The board of directors will continue to work to improve the financials of the organization and are excited about working on some new projects to prepare for the 2021 season.


"We want to make sure to thank our loyal sponsors, host families, and fans,“ Welker said. ”We look forward to starting a new consecutive season streak in 2021."


Thursday’s announcement only pertained to the Hornell Dodgers organization. The NYCBL is currently moving forward with a 2020 season.