The year of never getting to know the Chattanooga Lookouts

Staff photo / Fans enter AT&T Field on May 4, when the Chattanooga Lookouts were scheduled to open their Double-A South season against the Rocket City Trash Pandas before inclement weather postponed the game.

One of the annual benefits possessed by Chattanooga Lookouts president Rich Mozingo and his staff is the building of relationships with the team's manager, coaches and players, including those destined for stardom in the big leagues.

Not this year.

Due to Major League Baseball's COVID-19 guidelines implemented before the season that remain in place as Chattanooga's schedule barrels toward Labor Day, a sizable barrier exists at AT&T Field between those who work and those who play. For Mozingo, that barrier is as strange today as it was in the spring.

"I have not been into the clubhouse this year to visit with (manager) Ricky Gutierrez or anyone else down there at all," Mozingo said. "That has always been a daily stop for me during the regular season. I will stick my head into the manager's office every single day and just make sure everything is going in the right direction.