Major League Baseball operations are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we might be seeing some baseball operations return in the next few months. While some plans had been floated about having all teams take turns playing in three different ballparks in warm weather locations like Arizona and Texas, the idea of relocating away from their families was not extremely popular among players. That idea has mostly been quashed and it is looking increasingly likely the only move will be to wait until it is safe for players to play in their home ballparks, just perhaps without fans.
MLB proposals to play in AZ, FLA or at national hubs like one bringing TX into the mix aren’t happening. I’m hearing what @LoriLightfoot said today - if MLB plays it’ll be w/teams in their home parks, most likely w/parks empty. July 1 latest start date. That’s the current buzz.— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) April 27, 2020
So far this has been the most solid start date we have gotten. State governments have been unveiling plans to slowly reopen after the shutdown, though it remains to be seen just when and how those plans will be implemented. Even with government permission, it will be up to Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Union on what they deem is appropriate.
Phase 1 of Gov. Parsons plan to re-open Missouri leaves space for the Cardinals to resume normal operations, with social distancing requirements. It also allows for large gatherings. Agree or not, baseball is probably coming back soon.https://t.co/wCdAMMDnFb— Jason Hill (@JPHill_Cards) April 28, 2020
It is looking more likely that there will be baseball in 2020 though. For now we just sit tight, keep up the good work social distancing, wait, and hope.
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