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Palm Springs Power postpone season

The inevitable has happened.

The Palm Springs Power announced Tuesday, May 26 that they're postponing their 2020 season with the hopes of starting at a later date this summer.

Opening Day was originally scheduled for Friday, May 29 but that will not happen this year due to the coronavirus and its impact on the Power operating their business.

"While it's unfortunate we won't be on the field Friday night for Opening Day, we are determined to get back on the field as soon as conditions allow,"" said Power manager Casey Dill.

Power president and owner Andrew Starke has been in communication with Sports Director Blake Arthur over the past month in regards to this season.

He was disappointed to make this decision.

"Every year since 2004, the Tuesday following Memorial Day has always been the day that our power players begin showing up to Palm Springs. With that not being possible today I’m cautiously optimistic that our governor and local officials will allow us to have another power season later this summer or fall when social gathering is permitted. "

Starke's been steadfast all along, saying that the Power want to play and are ready to play but don't have the power (no pun intended) to make that decision given the public health orders that remain in place.

"We are all adults who want to safely resume our lives and enjoy each other’s company and America’s pastime," Starke said.

While it's unfortunate news for the Power and local fans, Starke remains optimistic that the Power can salvage their summer season. But if that's not possible then Starke may look into hosting a season in the Fall.

"With this year's college seasons cancelled and the MLB draft shortened to 5 rounds this year. There will be more high caliber players and draft prospects looking to join the Power this season. When we are able to take the field, I am confident we will have as high quality of a team, with more potential MLB prospects than ever before," said Dill.

The Power are a summer developmental baseball program that compete in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League.

According to their website, "the Power recruits elite collegiate players from around the country to come to Palm Springs and play baseball in the months of June and July. The organization strives to provide affordable entertainment as well as quality baseball for the residents of the Coachella Valley."

Stay with KESQ Sports for the latest on this developing story.

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Blake Arthur

Sports Director Blake Arthur joined the KESQ/CBS Local 2 team in August of 2015. Learn more about Blake here.

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