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Virus leads to Connie Mack World Series cancellation

The Connie Mack World Series, one of New Mexico’s premier sporting events, will not be held this summer because of the ongoing coronavirus public health crisis.

Tyson Snyder, chairman of the annual baseball event in Farmington held annually since 1965, said the event’s executive committee reached the decision in consideration of state regulations and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

He gave the disappointing news in a letter Wednesday.

“Considering the unprecedented crisis, the halt of amateur baseball and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the CMWS Executive Committee decided canceling the tournament was unfortunately necessary, primarily to ensure the safety of all involved and to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Four Corners region,” the letter wrote in part.

The event, a showcase event attended by college and pro scouts featuring high school and college-aged players, is scheduled to go on in 2021.

The list of major league players who have come through Farmington and played in the CMWS is staggering.

Last year’s major league playoff teams had 41 CMWS alumni. Among them were Albuquerque native and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who played in the event for a Dallas-based team.

Of the 3,213 coronavirus cases in New Mexico as of Wednesday afternoon, 576 were in Farmington’s San Juan County.

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