The Mayer Blazers will find out what the future holds for them this weekend when it comes to the postseason in 2022. At the league meeting June 27, the roster for the Mayer Blazers was not approved by the league after a discussion of a player being signed incorrectly.
The league voted on whether to approve Mayer’s roster for the postseason. There were four votes in favor of approving the roster with seven votes against it along with one team abstaining from voting. Since Mayer’s roster was not approved by the league, the Blazers will have to appeal to the state board at their meeting Saturday, July 16 in Faribault.
If Mayer’s roster is not approved by the state board, they will be forced to play the postseason in Class B. If the state board approves the roster, Mayer will remain in Class C and compete in the Crow River Valley League playoffs and Region 7C tournament if they qualify. The Blazers currently have a league record of 8-6 this season and sit in sixth place overall in the CRVL and Region 7C standings.
The discussion of whether the player was signed correctly or not has to deal with whether a college address was used to sign a player for this season. Class C can not use a college address for players being signed, but Class B can. The said player that was signed by Mayer attended Crown College and moved into the area following graduation. Before signing the player officially, the Blazers confirmed with the league as a whole that they would be OK to sign the player. The CRVL mistakenly told the Blazers that it would be OK to sign the player. The CRVL also apologized to the Blazers later in the season for interpreting the rule incorrectly.
Mayer will appeal their roster to the state board this weekend citing there is no clarification on when a college address becomes a home address. Mayer will also plead their case as they went through the CRVL to sign this player to make sure everything would be OK and did not sign the player on their own. The rule was put in by the Minnesota Baseball Association to keep teams from signing players who attended colleges in the area but did not currently reside there.
The state board meeting will take place at the Faribault Legion at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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