“I apologize, at no point did I say I was going to break the rules or we are going to break the rules,” said Shaw. “We know that as a team this is not an option and to get through this season everyone will have to join and everyone will have to abide by the protocols under which we are set. ”
He noted that if other teams do not follow public health guidelines, the season can be derailed in any case.
Shaw had raised concerns about how long players might have to stay in their current environment. He responded to a tweet from TSN reporter Scott Mitchell that several sources told him that players could face a $ 750,000 fine and potential jail time if seen outside the stadium. baseball – which are also the same maximum penalties in the Quarantine Law.
“We were told two weeks … not all summer … all summer is a little too much,” Shaw tweeted.
In an email response, the club said that upon arriving in Toronto, players understand the maximum penalties for leaving the imprint of the Rogers Center during camp.
“The rules have changed a bit since we got here, it was the first time I heard that we could be here all summer,” said Shaw, adding that he should have chosen his words differently. .
He explained that he had rented a spot one block from the Rogers Center and that he was looking forward to a stroll along the water to get away from the game. Living in a hotel was not an ideal situation, he said.
Shaw said Blue Jays management – President Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins – spoke to the players on Saturday about the situation.
“I was a little deaf, I should have said what I said, I should have said it a little bit differently,” said Shaw. “I apologize, I take full responsibility for it. ”
The Blue Jays are training in Toronto while finding where to play this coming season as the shortened 60-game schedule begins in less than two weeks.
Ottawa gave the ball club the green light to set up a training camp in Toronto, but did not call for the games. No fan will be in the stands.
The Buffalo News reported over the weekend that the club had checked with this town about playing in that town, usually the home of their triple-A club. Blue Jays officials have said that the club’s spring training center, Dunedin, Florida, is the most likely location for the home games if the team cannot play in Toronto.
For his part, Shaw said he and his teammates hope Toronto will be the club’s home this season.
He noted that the weather and COVID situation in Florida mean that Dunedin would place the Blue Jays in an unfavorable competitive position.
The Blue Jays are slated to open the season on July 24 in Tampa Bay. The opening game will be July 29 against the Washington Nationals.
Shaw said he has no plans to withdraw from the 2020 season, as he envisions this year as a rebound season with a one-year contract after an admittedly mediocre 2019 year.
Meanwhile, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said the right-hander Chase Anderson is day to day with an oblique strain.
Anderson was to be part of the Blue Jays’ five-man starting rotation.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 12, 2020.