More than two months after Major League Baseball suspended its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first MLB team can return to the diamond on Tuesday to participate in some baseball activities.
According to The Miami Herald‘s Jordan McPherson, first reported by Andy Slater, the Marlins will allow their 40-man players to report to the team’s training facility in Jupiter on Tuesday.
It marks the first significant step toward a sense of normalcy in baseball since the league shut down due to the coronavirus. Back in March, MLB suspended its season and sent all players home to train on their own until the COVID-19 pandemic came under more control.
While the health crisis is still keeping many states closed, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced this past week that the state was open for all sports. After the state held UFC 249 with great success, the Marlins will now look to provide their players with a chance to train and prepare for a potential season.
As for the MLB season itself, there is growing optimism for baseball to return. Team owners recently approved a plan that would have players report for spring training 2.0 in June, giving them time to prepare before Opening Day is held in early July. Of course, that plan will only go into action if the deal is approved by the players’ union and health officials. As of now, that doesn’t look promising.
It might only be a matter of time before more MLB teams start following the Marlins’ plan. Given the lack of access some players have to proper training facilities, team complexes would be the perfect place to help players prepare for the season.