There have been plenty of ideas floated out there for Major League Baseball and how they could potentially proceed with baseball in the best manner. They’ve talked about having all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing out of Chase Field and the spring training ballparks. Another idea was to have a split Cactus-Grapefruit League this year, where one would play in Phoenix and the other in Florida at the home spring training facilities in each state. There was also reportedly a plan that was scrapped early on about playing in Japan – which turned out to be a good thing because they’ve seen real issues in the country with their outbreak.
Late last night R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports reported that there’s another plan on the table being discussed over the past few days that would have a 3-state breakdown. Arizona and Florida would be joined by Texas as the third “site”. There are keys to each “site”. In both Arizona and Florida there are spring training facilities – so you’ve got a lot of ballparks to work with. Arizona also has Chase Field as a domed ballpark, while Florida has both St. Pete and Miami as domed ballparks.
And then there’s Texas. According to Anderson, the “Texas League”, not to be confused with a minor league league that goes by the same name at the Double-A level, would take place in Arlington where the Rangers are opening a new stadium with a domed roof (next door to their old ballpark), as well as in Houston which has a retractable roof.
As it is with the other plans – these are just ideas that have been thrown out there. Major League Baseball is simply trying to have different ideas, and sort-of plans to work from if and when things get to a point where they believe they can actually play baseball – they want to not be starting from scratch on what they want to do.
Yesterday afternoon we looked at how baseball is playing out in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan (where it’s not being played out) right now. In Taiwan their regular season has already started. In Korea they are starting up spring training and have set their regular season opener date for May 5th. So there’s some good news everywhere in the baseball world, even if it’s half-way around the world.