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.

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19 Responses

  1. TR

    Asterisk or not, if the numerous details are worked out it’s still baseball as far as I’m concerned.

  2. TR

    Agree. Getting back to work would be safer and easier if testing was available for everyone, but apparently it isn’t.

  3. Telecaster

    I think this whole idea is wrong. If you figure 15 games a day in Mlb 5 stadiums isn’t enough. You probably need 1-2 hours in between games for cleaning. So 3 games per day in each stadium, not happening.

    • Doc

      Why do you have to clean between games if there are no fans allowed?

      • JayTheRed

        They would need to clean the locker rooms and dugouts and bullpens. Basically any area the ballplayers access. With each new team coming in they would need to clean to be safe.

    • Doug Gray

      They’d utilize more than just those 5 stadiums. There are a lot of stadiums in Arizona and Florida at the spring training sites that would be used. The domes provide the ability to move games there for bad weather to not lose as many games as you otherwise would.

      • Colorado Red

        Yes, but Phoenix is hotter then stink in the summer.
        I went on a business trip there one summer, and the radio guy said 108 day, and tomorrow it gets hot.

        On days like that, it would be hot to play at 9AM or 9PM.

      • Doug Gray

        The AZL rookie players play games every single night out there. It’s not great, but they do it.

  4. Telecaster

    I’m not saying clean a whole stadium. Lockers, press areas, broadcast booths, etc. It will take time just for players to shower, pack up everything that they normally leave for a whole series etc..

    • Colorado Red

      As well as BP, and other warm ups.
      My guess is if you start at 9AM for game 1. 2 PM for game 2 and 7:30 for game 3, it might work most of the time,

  5. RedNat

    I think during the brm era, heck 30 years ago, you would be right Sliotar. Players like Pete Rose would be demanding to get back on the field.

    today’s players are a lot different. they are much more health conscious. Also don’t think social media/ politics play a factor as well. the image of these players getting tested everyday while many sick Americans can’t get tested would cause tremendous “outrage” on twitter and other social platforms. Again the players of today are very conscious of the image they portray.

    that is why I really doubt we see baseball this year. the players just don’t seem to have that desire right now. I am thinking by next season though there will be a stronger push as even the veterans (some of them anyway) will start feeling the financial pain of being jobless

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    I agree with this perspective. Maybe the $10-million-plus per year players on long-term deals can weigh the risks and be comfortable sitting out, but the majority of MLB players don’t earn that. I read the same article Sliotar is referencing. Free agency money is going to absolutely dry up after this season (if there is one). If your contract expires after the 2020 season, good luck! Nick Castellanos will be glad he accepted the Reds contract that he did, and Marcell Ozuna will WISH he had taken the reported Reds offer of three years (instead of the one-year deal in Atlanta).

    Players in the position of expiring contracts know they had better get on the field for as many games as they can in 2020, because they are going to NEED to have that money in their accounts to compensate for what will be a bottoming out of the player salary market for at least the following year or two.

  7. jim walker

    I agree. There is a culture shock happening that we are all to a greater or lesser degree having to confront in our lives. Nothing is or for a very long time, if ever, going to be like it was before this pandemic arrived in the US.

    The players and all personnel required to stage the games, including media personnel covering the games, are going to require some form of segregation from normal everyday life to assure the virus does not infiltrate the playing environment.

    What we know now indicates that entering this segregation will require a 14 day quarantine. Anybody who leaves the playing environment will have to go back through quarantine to reenter the environment.

    Heaven forbid, if any of these players or game production personnel should contract the virus while in the playing environment. The entire operation could end up back in lockdown.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We presume that advertisers are going to buy time to support the TV coverage and/ or fans will pay for premium subscriptions to see the games TV. But what if they don’t because the economy of personal finances are just too tight because due to conditions in the country? Or even if they do, at what rate will they be willing and able to pay? Will the operation be able raise enough cash to make it worth its while to continue?

    • Doug Gray

      You can’t really do that though because there’s just no way you can control what, and who, is coming in and out of the hotel they’re staying at. You need to be testing the players (and other staff) with regularity. There’s no way that hotel employees, for example, are going to agree to also just quarantine at the hotel for months at a time without outside access. It’s hard enough to sell that to guys making half a million a year (and more for non-rookies). That’s definitely not going to be on the table for people making $8-18 an hour.

    • JayTheRed

      Old School – Wisconsin just had the most new cases yet in a single day today. I know other states are having numbers going up. Yes some places are going down as well but this thing is far from over.

      Some experts are predicting this could be an up and down roller coaster for the next 18 months.

  8. greenmtred

    Without getting into the quality of leadership anywhere, a hot spot is a moving target. New York, for instance, has plateaued and is experiencing a decrease in new cases and deaths. Other areas still haven’t approached their peaks, so the safest place this week might be a dangerous place next week.

  9. RedNat

    uggh, just read an article that said there is up to 40% false negative with the corona testing. even if we tested every player everyday that would leave the players and staff too vulnerable to catching it. the news is just getting worse everyday!

  10. TR

    There seems to be an intense effort underway to find a coronavirus vaccine with the anticipated time frame of 18 months from now. Providing time for approvals and mass distribution, I would estimate the new normal in society including non-distanced fans in the stands will occur sometime in 2022.

  11. RyanST

    I enjoy comments regarding baseball but this isn’t the Fox News website, my friend.