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It has been amazing to witness the sports world come to a complete halt as of mid-March of 2020, while everyone scrambles to adjust to quarantined, social distancing life.
But now, Major League Baseball thinks they finally have a viable solution to allow their season to play out, more or less in full, in 2020. Something I didn't think was going to be possible. But after hearing the idea, I can see it, even though its kinda bizarre.
They want all 30 teams and staff to relocate and live in relative isolation in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area for the entire duration of the season. That would be for a grand total of about 4 1/2 months:
The plan, sources said, would dictate that all 30 teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the greater Phoenix area, including the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, 10 spring training facilities and perhaps other nearby fields. Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel only to and from the stadium, sources said. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health have been supportive of a plan that would adhere to strict isolation, promote social distancing and allow MLB to become the first professional sport to return.
A bubble city, they are calling it.
Crazy idea, but it could actually work. The biggest hurdle is getting all the players on board. They will have to convince everyone to be away from their families for 4-5 months straight. That's no easy task. Surely some will immediately be on board because of the money at stake. But others, harder to say. And what do you do if you can't get enough players to agree?
The thought is if this idea fails, the season won't happen at all. So it seems to come down to this, or nothing at all for 2020. Think it'll happen?? If it does, we are talking MLB games as early as May. But more likely June.
Will post more here as the story breaks.