This summer, the Southern Ohio Copperheads are redefining fantasy baseball.

In an effort to preserve baseball in Athens — in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic — the summer league collegiate baseball team announced Thursday that it’ll need help filling its virtual roster. Yes, you read that right. In 2020, the Copperheads will make a virtual run at the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League title on the video game MLB: The Show

The student-operated organization will make selections for the team through an inaugural draft. Fans of the team can enter for a chance at the at making the squad. After the team is finalized, players can watch themselves as the Copperheads virtually take the field on Opening Day, starting June 12. All games will be live-streamed and open to the public. Details are still to come on signups via the Copperheads social media accounts. 

By donating to the team, you can receive a chance to become the Copperheads Fan of the Year. The winning fan will have a game donated to them. In that game, the players will wear custom jerseys embroidered with the fan’s name and hats with their face as the logo.

After having to cancel the season April 22 due to COVID-19, the Copperheads’ front office hopes fans still root for the team while it prepares for a return in the future. 

“The goal of a virtual season is to spread joy and cheer to Southeast Ohio, while raising money for traditional baseball in years to come,” CJ Hurley, the Copperheads’ assistant general manager, said in a press release. 

To enter your name in the Copperheads 2020 Fan of the Year raffle, visit here. 

For more information, visit http://copperheadbaseball.com/ 

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