Pit Spitters, Northern Michigan Pod Season Remains Paused

The Traverse City Pit Spitters announced Friday morning that the Northwoods League’s Northern Michigan Pod season will remain on hold as the organization continues to work with the Grand Traverse County Health Department after several players tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend.

The Pit Spitters announced on Sunday, July 5 that several players among the three teams in Traverse City have tested positive for COVID-19. The organization was initially planning to resume the 2020 season Friday.

“Our organization strives to create a safe and fun community centric venue. While we are working on completely rebuilding a new team to face the Pit Spitters and reconfiguring the remaining schedule, we are also consulting with the health department and awaiting their input on the testing and screening procedures we have in place for players. At this point in time all of the Pit Spitters players have been tested twice and all have received negative results,” said Pit Spitters General Manager Mickey Graham in a release. “Our plan is to ensure that any new players will also receive two negative test results before taking the field and we are working to receive Health Department input on a few final details ahead of a restart.

“We’re committed to bringing quality baseball and a great family experience to Northern Michigan this summer at a time when we think our brand of fun is really needed. We had an outstanding inaugural season with several league records and the fans embraced the team and the revived stadium atmosphere. We’re working to continue that momentum for this season. Our front office staff is working incredibly hard to keep the ballpark ready, fill out the rosters and adjust the schedule. Our hope is to get back to playing ball in the coming days.”

The Pit Spitters and the Northern Michigan Pod kicked off the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 1, with a reduced seating capacity of 500 fans.

The Pit Spitters plan to release a revised schedule in the upcoming days.

Fans who have purchased tickets for the canceled games can exchange those tickets for a future game this season.

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