After a year without the sound of the crack of the bat on the diamonds of the Cape Cod Baseball League, that resplendent noise will sound once again for the summer of 2021. The CCBL executive committee met on Wednesday evening, April 21, and ratified an amended schedule for the summer, meaning that without further complications the league will be back in action after a one-year hiatus.
The Cape League is set to return for a 40-game schedule, down from the usual 44, on June 20. That day, which also happens to be the first day of summer on the calendar, will mark the first games played in the league since the Cotuit Kettleers swept the Harwich Mariners for the championship in August 2019.
Last year’s season with no Cape League was the first since the reformation of the league in 1946. No official Cape Cod League existed from 1940 to 1945.
This year’s 40-game season will be played through August 4. At the end of the regular season, four teams will make the playoffs, with the top two squads in each five-team division qualifying for the playoffs. Two best-of-three playoff series will be held.
All of the league’s players and coaches must be vaccinated in order to participate.
The weather could play a big role in this year’s playoff qualifiers. The league will play nine-inning games, with no extra innings. There will be no makeup games scheduled for rainouts, and no doubleheaders will be played. Teams are not allowed to play more than one game per day. Thursdays will also be a mandatory off day for all of the clubs. There will also be no All-Star game held this summer.
Fans will be allowed to attend games, but in a limited capacity. Attendance will be limited to 150 spectators per game. The league will post its schedule on its official website in the coming days.