ROSEMONT — The Chicago Dogs, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball team based in Rosemont, announced Friday they’ll be playing ball in Milwaukee until outdoor events can be held in Illinois.
The team will utilize the Milwaukee Milkmen Stadium as their home ballpark. Normally the team plays at Impact Field in Rosemont.
“We are very happy to be able to return professional baseball to our fans, albeit in a different fashion than usual,” said American Association Commissioner Joshua Schaub. “We look forward to opening up our season on July 3 for a summer of high-level professional baseball and bringing America’s Pastime back to the fans.”
A 60-game season will begin starting July 3rd and run through September 10th.
This year’s league will have just six teams based in three hub cities, according to AA officials.
Teams include the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Milwaukee Milkmen, Sioux Falls Canaries, Winnipeg Goldeyes, St. Paul Saints, and Chicago Dogs. Each team will play 42 games in their hub limiting travel per team to less than 30% of the time.
The schedule will allow any of the three road clubs to return home for games if local governmental restrictions allow for games with fans in attendance.
The league says each team and stadium will have in place and enforce COVID Readiness Plans, approved by local Health Departments and Government Officials. Stadiums will be configured to return to play with limited capacity to allow for safe social distancing while enjoying a live, professional baseball game.
A Championship Series will be held with the top two teams in the regular season in a best of five series format at the end of seasonal play.
Six teams will not be able to participate in league play this summer due to COVID-19 in their cities. They include the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, Texas Airhogs, Lincoln Saltdogs, Cleburne Railroaders and the Sioux City Explorers.