The Winnipeg Goldeyes on Monday released a 2021 schedule amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic.
The Goldeyes hope to stage home games with at least some fans in a reworked, 12-team American Association.
Winnipeg’s 100-game season is scheduled to kick off May 18 in Sioux Falls, with the home opener tentatively set for May 21 against the Chicago Dogs.
“Last year, the American Association demonstrated that games could be played in front of crowds while maintaining a safe environment,” Goldeyes GM Andrew Collier said in a statement. “We have developed a thorough COVID-19 readiness plan, and look forward to cooperating with local, provincial, and federal leadership in protecting everyone who visits Shaw Park this summer.”
Winnipeg played its entire shortened season on the road last year.
This year, the Goldeyes plan to compete in a North Division that saw the loss of the St. Paul Saints, who became the Triple-A farm team of the Minnesota Twins.
One other team (the Texas AirHogs) folded, one changed names (Kansas City T-Bones/Monarchs) and a third will operate as a travelling team through the independent Pecos League (Houston Apollos). The Kane County Cougars (near Chicago) will make their league debut.