Wild Things 'Extremely Frustrated' After Being Forced To Suspend Season

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WASHINGTON, Pa. (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Washington Wild Things minor league baseball team is suspending its season.

The organization says it was warned by PA State Police continuing to play baseball could lead to “enforcement actions.”

In a statement, team president Steven Zavacky says, “We are extremely frustrated. We have done everything humanly possible to safely operate our facility……we have gone above and beyond and it was working.”

“It was my job,” said General Manager Tony Buccilli, “to put together a program that would ensure our players and fans stayed safe while enjoying quality competition. To that end, the Wild Things invited three other teams to play a season in Washington County.  The teams did not travel, and all players remained in the Washington area.  From the very beginning, we worked to ensure safety for everyone involved.  All four teams were in isolation before the season began, and all the players were extremely responsible about this because they knew how important it was for this project to be successful.”

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— Washington Wild Things (@WashWildThings) August 10, 2020

 “The Wild Things have continued to be an economic generator for Washington County this summer, drawing people from all over the country to Washington, PA where they could experience one of a handful of places hosting live professional baseball.  In addition, the Wild Things generated business for area hoteliers, landlords, and restaurants, by drawing four baseball teams to live here for six weeks.   We couldn’t have done any of these without several individuals who helped us to have as successful a summer as we had.  From state officials: Senator Camera Bartolotta, Representative Tim O’Neal to County Commissioners Diana Irey-Vaughn, Nick Sherman, and Larry Maggi to the great folks at North Franklin Township including Supervisors Bob Sabot, Sil Passalacqua, and Mike Quinn and their staff, and to everyone at The Washington County Tourism and Promotion Agency.  We also thank our corporate partners for staying with us this summer.  The Washington County Community is a very helpful and supportive one and we will always be grateful for the consideration they extend to us,” said Stu Williams, one of the team’s owners.

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