MLB Issues Statement on Rumored Plan for Baseball's Proposed May Return

Tanya Simon
April 9, 2020

Major League Baseball has reportedly pinpointed Arizona as a centralized location for all 30 teams to begin the 2020 campaign as early as May.

In other words, if Heyman's report is accurate, Dr. Fauci *could see some version of the Arizona plan as plausible.* You have to take a dozen grains of salt with that one, though, because the whole thing remains entirely predicated on widespread availability of rapid testing for COVID-19, and outside of Jeff Passan's report, I don't know that I've seen optimism anywhere nationally that we're going to be in that position by mid to late-May.

The plan that Passan reports sounds extremely tentative and in the infancy of its planning stages, but nonetheless, gives hope to baseball fans that the sport may be able to return, even though fans will not be allowed to attend the games.

LB's season had been set to start March 26th, but Spring training was halted on March 12th. "I want to get back, but my wife wasn't exactly excited about the idea of me going away for four months".

Arizona's advantage is 10 spring training ballparks plus the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field all within about 50 miles.

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Major League Baseball has had the backing from federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health so long as all involved can adhere to strict isolation and promote social distancing.

As that story has circulated, Major League Baseball said Tuesday it now has "no detailed plans" on a return to play amid the spread of the coronavirus. The plan could also include other variations to the season, such as seven-inning doubleheaders, electronic strike zones for umpire distancing, mic'd up players, and more. Not only was the idea of putting all 30 teams in the Arizona an idea, but also putting them in a more centralized location such as the Phoenix area and playing games without fans at these respective venues are also the topics of discussion at this point. "While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials".

Once again, the National Basketball Association - like the other sports surely realize - knows that it can not resume games unless it has easy access to near daily rapid testing of its players and key personnel.

It continued: "We are not ready at this time to endorse any particular format for staging games in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the coronavirus", per CBS.

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