Report: Blue Jays plan for possible home games outside Toronto

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The Toronto Blue Jays are discussing alternative scenarios for their 2020 home games if the team and their opponents could not easily enter Canada due to border restrictions related to a pandemic, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

TD Ballpark, the team’s longtime training center in Dunedin, Florida, would be the “most logical” choice for a temporary pitch in 2020, according to Davidi. The stadium has not hosted any regular season league games, but it would have been the home of the Blue Jays in 1995 if MLB had used replacement players after the strike.

The MLB has spoken of several plans to start its 2020 season despite the pandemic, including one that would see teams playing games in as many hometowns as possible in the league. But the Canada Quarantine Act, an emergency law put in place by the country’s government on March 24, could hinder the Blue Jays’ attempts to host home games in an empty Rogers Center.

Under the Quarantine Act, anyone entering Canada must be screened for COVID-19 and then be isolated for 14 days, whether or not they have symptoms of the disease.

If the Quarantine Act is still in force, the Blue Jays and their opponents would likely be subject to its restrictions when entering Canada, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out for players in the National Hockey League this week. The Blue Jays plan to comply with the country’s current COVID-19 laws, reports Davidi.

Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro has communicated with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto mayor John Tory about the team’s situation, reports Davidi. Tory confirmed on Tuesday that the Blue Jays had spoken to the city about playing “here or elsewhere.”

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