In a statement released on Tuesday, Major League Baseball issued a statement about the possibility of playing the 2020 season in one location. There has been a great deal of speculation about all games being played in spring training ballparks around Phoenix, Arizona.
The statement comes after the MLB Players Association held talks on Monday about the economic impact the delayed season is having on the league.
“MLB has been actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so. While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan. 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, or the Players Association. The health and safety of our employees, players, fans and the public at large are paramount, and 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.”
In addition to the concentrated area of play, ESPN says the league is considering modifications to the game, that include seven-innings with electron strike zones, no mound visits, and players in stands six-feet apart to honor social distancing guidelines.
Considering all of the logistics this or any other option might include, means a confirmed plan will take a while and ultimately the players must agree to all of the terms, and potential risks.
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