Vancouver Canadiens decide not to return home to end their season

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This will mark the second straight summer without minor league baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium and team president Andy Dunns admits, “It’s terrible. Honestly, I thought we would come back in July.

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For baseball fans in Vancouver, this is arguably sadder than surprising.

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The Vancouver Canadiens confirmed on Tuesday that they are giving up trying to play a game at Nat Bailey Stadium this season and will end the campaign from Portland suburb of Hillsboro. This is the second consecutive summer without minor league baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire 2020 minor league season has been canceled.

Vancouver shared a stadium with the Hillsboro Hops, one of their rivals in the A West league. The Cs have only two home series in the campaign, with a Sept. 7-12 game against the Spokane Indians, then a September 14-19 game against the Hops that marks the end of the league.

Vancouver (44-52) is currently fourth in the six-team Western League, 12.5 games behind the leaders. They are once again a farm club of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“It’s terrible. Honestly, I thought we would be back in July,” said Canadian President Andy Dunn. “Things have continued to change and change. Nothing has broken in our favor.

The C’s have kept staff in Vancouver all season, in an effort to speed up a return to play here should that happen. Dunn says he was sufficiently certain midway through the campaign that they would return to the Nat that he began calling the big-league parent clubs of their Western rivals, informing them of his plan so that they can obtain the necessary immigration documents. in order with their players.

With the number of cases increasing in that province and the restrictions returning, Dunn was reluctant to withdraw from the Hillsboro deal now and return to Nat in September, only to have new regulations cutting what they could do in the country. Nat.

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“The sure thing and the right thing to do is finish the last 12 games in Oregon, pack your bags, come home and look forward to starting over in 2022,” Dunn said.

The Vancouver Whitecaps and British Columbia Lions leagues both received quarantine exemption waivers from federal officials initially to help jumpstart their seasons. Dunn says he spoke to the federal government. He says they were positive to deal with, but were never able to make a deal.

“There is no manual on this subject. There is no story with it. Everyone tries to figure it out as they go. People are going to be careful, ”he said.

Vancouver is the only minor league affiliated team in Canada.

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