PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) - It's been nearly two days since the announcement, but Princeton Rays general manager Danny Shingleton is still saddened by the news.
"Baseball in Princeton is the summer thing to do," he said. "People come out from all over."
But, not this summer.
Minor League Baseball has packed it in for the 2020 season. It's an unfortunate reality that Shingleton and the rest of the Rays organization now face.
"Even though we had a feeling -- it's still -- you can't believe that it's actually going to happen," he admitted. "Tough day -- tough day for us, tough day for our fans. It's just a sad day for baseball in general."
That's who Shingleton feels for the most -- the fans -- the engine of Minor League Baseball.
"You know, what are they going to do this year," he said. "What are our fans going to do? Our local fans -- we have a lot of faithful, longtime fans who come out and now it's just not here this year. It's just sad."
As far as what's next for Hunnicutt Field over the next few months, that will be up to the Mercer County Board of Education. But, Shingleton has hopes it will see some activity.
"You know, hopefully the field will get used. It's a shame -- it's a beautiful field to just sit here empty. It's gotta get used -- hopefully it will get used some this summer."