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St. Matthews Baseball

2020 Spring Season Update


Parents and Coaches,


I hope this email finds you well, and that you are well stocked on food, TP and sanity. Just wanted to drop a note and check-in. 

No huge change. We are still shut down pending further notice from the City of St. Matthews, with whom we have stayed in contact and teleconferenced with today. They are following the state’s guidance and have assured us they will keep us in the loop when they know more. 


I know I sound like a broken record on some of this, but it is important that you know we are 100% committed to playing, and as soon as possible. “But when will we play?”, you may be asking. Short answer: we are still hoping to play Spring baseball. That is our primary goal. However, if things get worse and we are postponed past Spring, we are preparing for that as well in the form of a Summer/Fall season. If Derby being postponed until September isn’t strange enough for you, a little Summer or Fall baseball should be no problem, right? :) 


We will continue to keep you informed about the timing of Opening Day this year (without clogging your inbox up with messages after this message!) and will report back once we have more information from the City.


In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones. Thank you for your patience, understanding, as well as the kind words I have received via email, text and phone calls. It is very much appreciated. I have yet to meet all of you, but I am looking forward to that as much as I am starting baseball. If there is anything we as an organization can do for you during this craziness or if there is anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask.


Best regards,


Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

COVID-19 Response


“The one constant through all the years . . . has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.” 
Terrence Mann

Where to start? I think the most important place to start is praying and hoping and praying some more that this email finds you, your ball player(s), your family, friends and loved ones in good health and in good spirit. I believe that to be paramount right now. To me. To the St. Matthews Baseball organization. To all of us. That you and your family are well.


As I wrote a few days ago, the Board had a chance to meet last night (telephonically as it were) to discuss what this new reality means or may mean for the baseball season all of us so desperately want to start, balanced with when that would even be possible given that this pathogen – for now at least – has become part of our everyday lives, routines, and customs.


Yesterday, the City of St. Matthews declared the community center and baseball fields closed until further notice. They are following guidance coming from Frankfort, Louisville Metro, and every stretch of the country in deciding to place a lid on any further sports activity until we have a better handle on infected numbers, more testing is available, and a clearer picture of just how far or wide this thing has spread into the Commonwealth and especially high-population centers like Louisville. This will take time. Because, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, we don’t know what we don’t know yet. 


The short of it is, the City is erring on the side of caution and for good reason. Containment, containment, containment is the key to beating this thing and limiting exposure to ourselves, our children, and at-risk groups. 


Do we know when this will be lifted? We do not. As state government has stated in press conferences, and doctors and researchers on a national level have been saying, the fight right now is on flattening the curve: spreading of the virus/exposing those at risk, with the amount of time since the virus first arrived on our shores. Thus, we will do our part; follow the City’s mandate, and close the fields until we obtain more guidance from local government while at the same time maintaining a clear line of communication open with City officials, and keeping you guys updated as well. 

I only have one request of you: please bear with us. It is our every intention to play baseball this year. When exactly that is to occur is unclear right now, like many other things related to this virus, but we do intend to play baseball. Will opening day be delayed? Yes, it likely will. How long will it be delayed? We simply do not know. Because this disease, along with our response and efforts to combat it, is ever-changing. Week by week, day by day, hour by hour. 


And we understand that such uncertainty can be frustrating, it can be scary, it can be confusing, and it can be downright unsettling. We’re human, after all, so that is completely and totally understandable. Yet, I hope we can all agree that while this disease is indeed new, or scary, or uncertain, it can be beaten if we take the right steps. Consistently, this has meant social distancing, self-care, hand washing, not gathering in large groups, and not going out unless it is necessary. And, for now, holding off on playing baseball. 

When will this distancing from each other be over? We don’t know that either. When will the curve be flattened enough, or the risk be diminished, or it will be safe to venture back out into the world? Again, without more information, more research, we simply don’t know right now. But here is what we do know. Once it is over, will it be the simple act of watching your son or daughter step onto a baseball diamond that will bring us all back togetherreminding us of all that once was good and that could be again?

You’re dang right it will. 


Because we will be back. At some point we will play baseball. Of that I have no doubt. And we want you to be there with us when it happens. We could not do this without your support, and we could not do this without your communal spirit.

In the meantime, use this time to keep the kids playing in the backyard. Swinging the bat. Throwing. Catching. Taking grounders, and pop-ups. Pitching. Believe me, we're all going to need to get out of the house! 

Stay well. Our best to you and yours. Will be in touch soon.


Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball


Job Posting:

The Concession stand at the park is now hiring workers. For more information please email: Marilyn Kawa [email protected] or call
(502) 269-0832. (Ages 14 and up) 

St. Matthews Baseball is also looking for scorekeepers (Ages 14 and up) and umpires (Ages 16 and up). For more information please email: Dan Cook [email protected] 

Exciting News about St. Matthews Baseball!

As the World Series takes place between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, it is never too early to start thinking about the 2020 St. Matthews Baseball Season. I took over as President of the Board half way through the 2019 season and received a lot of feedback, both positive and constructive. As a Board, we understand that there are many opportunities for us to improve the St. Matthews Baseball experience. Please know that we are committed to making it happen. In advance of next season, I want to communicate some important changes that we are in the process of making. Please take a few minutes to read the following:

1.     Affiliation again with Cal Ripken Baseball vs. Little League. We will be returning as a league to Cal Ripken Baseball. Cal Ripken uses the more popular and widely accepted April 30 birth date cutoff. The return to Cal Ripken will allow more kids in the league to play with their classmates and be aligned with summer baseball competitive teams. Cal Ripken also provides a larger boundary for kids to play in St. Matthews Baseball and also be eligible for postseason All-Star tournaments.

2.     Executive Director Transition. I want to thank Doug Netherton for everything that he has done for our league as he has really pulled double duty with both administrative tasks and facility operations for the league. The plan is for Doug to continue overseeing facilities and fields for the 2020 season, which aligns to his strengths and passion. We will be announcing a new Executive Director to handle the administrative tasks in November. 

3.     Physical improvements to the park. Through a more aligned partnership with the City of St. Matthews, clear expectations are in place regarding park upkeep. The City of St. Matthews is making much needed physical improvements, such as new steps for Look Field and Siegel Field press boxes and landscaping around the park. They’ve also committed to painting dugouts and buildings in preparation for next season, which will coordinate with the new Voll Field colors. We are also committed to ensuring that the public restrooms are well maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. 

4.     Parking plan with the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School for the 2020 season. We are aware that parking in St. Matthews Baseball designated parking spots was a challenge at the beginning of the season. Once discovered, we adjusted game times and field usage to address the issue. As we look ahead to the 2020 season, we have already met with the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School to put a formal plan in place in order to improve the parking situation. It is important that St. Matthews Baseball families DO NOT park in the adjacent shopping center during practice or game times. There is no parking agreement in place with the owner of the shopping center, and we don’t want to see any St. Matthews Baseball family’s cars towed.

5.     Early registration incentive. Ever get the question from a grandparent about a Christmas gift idea for their grandchild? How about grandparents gifting the season’s league registration! We will open the league registration website early this season, in November, to help families plan ahead. Sign up by December 22  and get your child’s name in a drawing for a pizza party at Voll Field! This will take place on a Sunday during the Spring season and the drawing will also include some new equipment donated by Dicks Sporting Goods. 

6.     No player draft in the 7-year-old age group. We want kids in the early years of playing baseball to have the opportunity to play with friends and classmates and have fun doing it. There will not be a player draft until you reach the 8-year-old age groups. 

7.     Improved communication with families. This is a top Board priority. Better and more timely communication was the top constructive feedback that we received. We plan to utilize the full capabilities of our league website and leverage social media channels (follow us at Facebook: @StMatthewsBaseball and Twitter: @StMatthewsBase1) to improve how and when we communicate with parents. This will include a faster response time as well. More to come, but we heard you loud and clear on this critical area for improvement. 


Having played myself at St. Matthews Baseball and having two sons that have played, the league is very important to me personally and to our community. Each year we serve over a thousand players between our Spring Youth league, summer tournaments, and Fall High School season. We hope that you experience the above actions to your concerns as positive and understand that it is our goal to improve the overall experience of players and parents alike at St. Matthews Baseball. We ask that you continue to entrust us with the opportunity to serve your child next baseball season and every season thereafter. Please feel free to share this with other families that could benefit from St. Matthews Baseball. 


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback. If you are looking for a tax deduction for 2019, we are accepting 2020 season sponsorships now. I can be reached at [email protected] or 502-905-8360. 


Jeff Schaftlein, St. Matthews Baseball Board President 



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