Report: MLB plans to return to Arizona

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are “more and more focused” on plan that would see teams opening training camps next month in Arizona and starting the 2020 season shortly, says ESPN’s Jeff Passan after.

Passan reports that the plan has the backing of senior federal public health officials in the United States who believe the league can operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league predicts 30 teams will fly to Arizona and play in empty stadiums in the Phoenix area, where there are 10 training grounds in the spring plus the Arizona Diamondbacks hunting ground within a radius of ‘about 50 miles. The teams would be sequestered in hotels and would only be allowed to go to the stadiums.

Whether the MLB can start playing in May will depend on a significant increase in available coronavirus testing, allowing the league to test players without draining public supply.

Major League Baseball suspended training camps on March 12, while opening day was scheduled for March 26.



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