One of the most seemingly unbearable things about the pandemic is the cancellation of sports. Many Major League Baseball fans still sit waiting for the season to start, when usually, one month of baseball would’ve been played at this point in the year.
Some Minor League teams still await to see if they can start their shorter seasons on time, including the beloved single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Idaho Falls Chukars.
The Chukars aren’t expected to start their season until June 23. However, according to Chris Hall, the director of public relations for the Chukars, the season could still get delayed two to three weeks, he told BYU-Idaho Radio.
While the team waits to see what will happen with this season’s schedule, they decided to lend a hand in the community.
On April 24, the few staff members the Chukars have working right now, held a food and supply drive with hopes of donating supplies to the less fortunate.
After only a few hours, the results were staggering.
“We were able to raise over 1,100 pounds of food through donations and quite a bit of monetary donations,” Hall said.
The food went to Community Food Basket in Idaho Falls, and the few medical supplies donated went out to local hospitals.
“A lot of people are still affected by this as far as work and how it affects their money, so we wanted to raise money and food,” Hall said.
With the supply drive in the rear-view, the team awaits another season of baseball, and this year, they look to defend their 2019 Pioneer League Championship.
“It was a really special year,” Hall said. “It was a lot of fun…to bring home a championship.”
The 2019 title was the team’s first since 2014 and the team’s eighth championship in team history.
And many people know about Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s proposed plan to dissolve 42 Minor League teams, including the Chukars.
When it comes to the proposed plan by Commissioner Manfred, Hall said there isn’t any new information currently.
Despite the uncertainty, the team is looking forward to this upcoming season.