The 2020 Major League Baseball season remains very much in limbo.
Despite multiple reports that MLB and the MLB Players Union have discussed the possibility of playing all games in Arizona as a way to start the season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, that plan is far from a done deal.
MLB issued a statement Tuesday morning saying that while the one-location plan has been discussed, “we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.”
“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,” the MLB statement said. “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.”
According to ESPN, the proposed plan would require that all 30 teams play in the Phoenix area with no fans in attendance. Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, would be utilized, as well as ballparks at 10 spring training facilities.
Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would stay at local hotels, where they would be sequestered and travel only to and from the stadium.
According to ESPN, federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health have been supportive of a plan that would adhere to strict isolation, promote social distancing and allow MLB to become the first professional sport to return.
Rockies relief pitcher Scott Oberg, the team’s player representative, issued the following statement: “Baseball is exploring many options at this time but the No. 1 priority will always be the health and well-being of every single person involved in the operation.
“There will be continued, extensive discussion on what the logistics could possibly look like for both on- and off-field issues among the various parties involved. Baseball has historically been a outlet for this country to turn to in tough times and this one is no different.”
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