MLB in Talks to Play Entire Season in Arizona and Start in Mid-May

April 8, 2020
MLB, Baseball, Season, COVID-19, Arizona

Dilip Vishwanat

The Major League Baseball and the players’ association had a conference call on Monday discussing contingency plans and different options for the season that has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

One idea currently being discussed is having all 30 teams play the entire season at empty ballparks in Arizona.

The advantage of using Arizona is that there are 10 spring training ballparks as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field all within about 50 miles from each other.

This would allow each team to quarantine separately in different hotels but not have to travel too far for each game. 

Playing in Arizona would allow the season to start immediately and get televised baseball back on the air because America is craving live sports right now. Many baseball agents and psychologists agree that getting the sport back on televisions will give fans a few hours of escape to take their minds off the virus and focus on something positive. 

There are obviously some obstacles with this plan such as are players willing to risk their health and safety to begin the season, how will being contained in one area together away from their families affect their emotional and mental health, and how to limit access to the outside world as not to bring in any symptoms to the league?

In a statement released Tuesday the MLB said, "While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan. While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials, or the players’ association."

For now, America just has to relive their favorite sports moments until the season is officially back!