A day after the announcement that the start of the Dutch hoofdklasse season was postponed until further notice, the Dutch baseball community has to deal with another blow. The organizing committee of the Haarlem Baseball Week has announced to cancel the 2020 edition.
After the Dutch government announced more restrictive measures to contain the coronavirus, the Haarlem Baseball Week accepted its responsibility and decided to cancel the event. The measures of the Dutch government forbids all gatherings until June 1st. With this date, it is a bit of a surprise that the organizing committee of the Haarlem Baseball Week decided to cancel the event, especially when you know that it would not start before June 24.
The organizing committee posted an explanation on the website that was concluded with the following text:
“We understand this is a major disappointment for everyone that is baseball crazed. For us, it is too. At the same time, we realize that there are more important things than baseball right now. The safety and the health of people have the highest priority.
The next Haarlem Baseball Week will be in 2022. We will be on it completely. With a beautiful lineup sell-out crowds and enthusiastic fans. For, by and with you!!
We wish you a lot of strength and good health in these hard times.
Please look after each other.
The organizing committee of the HBW”
The sad thing is that the 2020 edition would have been the 30th one. But the decision is understandable. The following countries would have participated: Cuba, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, and the Netherlands.