WEST ONEONTA – Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All-Star Village, today announced the youth-baseball park has put together a flexible plan that may allow it to function through the 2020 season.
“We have decided to make a decision regarding the 2020 tournament… four weeks in advance of each week,” Patton wrote in a public letter. Players’ families and coaches will then be advised if the tournaments will happen the weeks they are registered.
COOPERSTOWN – County Emergency Task Force chairman Allen Ruffles today said he has been assured by Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All-Star Village in West Oneonta, that there are no plans to cancel the summer season, at least for now.
All-Star Village – as well at Coopertown Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary, which Friday announced it is cancelling it 2020 season – together fuel the county’s youth-baseball camp sector, which together inject millions of dollars annually into the local economy.
At noontime today, Maskot’s, across Route 28 from Dream Park’s entrance in Hartwick Seminary, had a full parking lot, and servers, from left, Josie Furnari, Cooperstown, and Ally Baker and Leeza Shultz, both of Oneonta, were greeting customers. That’s because Dreams Park and Cooperstown All-Star Village players and their families are arriving today, in anticipation of Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. opening ceremonies. By summer’s end, some 200,000 will be attracted by the youth baseball parks alone. Inset left, Wood Bat Factory manager Chrissie Bridger adds orange highlights to the store’s sign, among businesspeople on Otsego County’s “baseball strip” adding highlights at the season begins. License plates were spotted from Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Thomas Rhodes & Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)