If Major League Baseball and the players’ union are unable to come to terms on an agreement to start the 2020 season, some teams will remain at their current facilities for Spring Training 2.0.
Apparently that won’t include the New York Mets and New York Yankees. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, both teams will leave the Big Apple for their Spring Training digs in Florida.
Heyman makes a good point in that New York has seen its COVID-19 numbers decrease after it was the worldwide epicenter of the pandemic earlier in the spring. Still, things are very much up in the air in North America’s largest media market.
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Despite some very questionable reporting tactics, Florida has not seen a major uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases since Governor Ron DeSantis opened up the state’s economy and welcomed sports teams to return.
Both the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are in the process of opening their facilities in the state.
As of right now, it’s not yet known when (or if) the 2020 MLB season will start. There’s some major hurdles from both a collective bargaining and pandemic-related logistics standpoint.