The second season of the Senior Professional Baseball Assn. came to an early end Wednesday after an ownership conflict in the Ft. Myers, Fla., franchise forced cancellation of all remaining games.
The other five teams in the league--including the San Bernardino Pride--voted to suspend the season after hearing that Ft. Myers General Manager Kip Ingle called his players and told them not to report to today’s game with Daytona Beach.
The league had not quite reached the halfway point in a planned 56-game schedule.
A meeting in January has been tentatively set with the office of Commissioner Fay Vincent. League organizers would like major league teams to contract with the senior league as a place to rehabilitate injured players or develop players during the winter months.
Envisioned as baseball’s equivalent to the popular senior golf tour, the senior league opened in 1989 as a winter-month competition for former major leaguers age 35 and over.
It began with eight Florida franchises. The league returned this year with six teams.
The league dropped its minimum age to 34, with catchers allowed to play at 32.