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- Major League Baseball is reportedly working on a plan to begin the 2020 season by May or June.
- According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the plan would involve bringing all 30 MLB teams to play in the greater Phoenix area, isolating them from their families for an undetermined period of time.
- On Twitter, fans called the plan “insane,” and “unsafe,” while questioning its feasibility.
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Major League Baseball is reportedly ready to do whatever is necessary to get the 2020 season started.
Opening Day was pushed back indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, but according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the league is working towards a plan that would allow baseball to begin by May or June.
The proposed timeline would bring all 30 teams in the majors to the greater Phoenix area, where they would play at the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field as well as surrounding spring training facilities with no fans in attendance. The plan would also force players to live in isolation from their families for an indeterminate period as the season played out.
On Twitter, some fans were quick to call out the plan as “insane,” given the extreme measures that would be necessary to pull it off, and the huge ask it makes of players, coaches, and their families at what already is a daunting time in the country.
— Matt Pearce ???? (@mattdpearce) April 7, 2020
Imagining being a young star making 5% of what you’re worth bc of baseball’s labor rules and being asked to go play baseball, separate yourself from your family, and stay at a La Quinta in Arizona. https://t.co/SDNiVV7VnG
— kang???? (@jaycaspiankang) April 7, 2020
For those who didn’t read:
1. Entire mlb essentially plays and lives in a biodome for 4 months
2. 7 inning double headers
3. Electronic umps
This is not an onion article
— Brett (@Brett_Hanfling) April 7, 2020
I literally can't stop laughing at how dumb this is…
starting in May, the MLB wants to have its players live in isolation for 4.5 months in Phoenix & play 7-inning double-headers in empty parks, with teams carrying extra guys in case some get COVID.https://t.co/JDqywMtkIk pic.twitter.com/2BQKrgWOx3
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) April 7, 2020
some people really don’t see professional athletes as actual humans, and think they are only in place for entertainment.#MLB
— Jon (@jonheheman) April 7, 2020
I know many of you are desperate for sports, but don't ask MLB players to sacrifice themselves for you because you can't be bothered to get another hoppy.
— SeenEnoughAlready (@Xperienced_) April 7, 2020
— GspotMMA ???????? (@GspotMMA) April 7, 2020
I want baseball more than anyone, but that plan is insane.#MLB
— jason (shark) (@jasonlk24) April 7, 2020
— Matt Nekrich (@Nekrichitron) April 7, 2020
Literally the rest of the world: It is best to stay inside, and not do anything.
The Sports world: Good idea! Our events, and seasons are now canceled.
MLB: But what if we had players sit in the stands rather than dugouts, and no mound visits? Good to go, right? https://t.co/twSYsiXW6S
— Rylan Stiles (@Rylan_Stiles) April 7, 2020
Passan acknowledged the particular difficulties the league’s plan of voluntary, extended isolation presents.
Speaking with ESPN’s “Get Up,” Passan said that one player he spoke to initially said there was no way he would go along with such a plan, but after talking it over with his family, conceded that if a one-way ticket to Phoenix was the only way he got paid this season, he would probably make the trip.
Passan also said that such a calculation would be different for every player – those who are immuno-compromised, or taking care of family members, or any other number of reasons, could be strongly opposed to the league’s plan.
There are going to be players who oppose the Arizona plan — who prefer to wait and see if alternative solutions for playing present themselves. And it’s easy to understand why: separating from your family for potentially months at a time is an enormous ask of anyone. pic.twitter.com/0DQPTvWS5B
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 7, 2020
Passan’s report offers more details of a proposed isolation plan than those that came it before it though, and thus brings up more questions that remain unanswered.
It’s one thing to pitch the idea that “everyone will remain in isolation, and thus no one will get sick,” but answering all of the logistical questions that come with moving an entire major sports league to one centralized location and playing out a season while social distancing is a far more complicated problem.
There’s still a long way to go before MLB’s plan comes to fruition, but it’s clear that the league is ready to try whatever it takes to get the season going, but some fans don’t seem convinced that the benefits outweigh the costs.
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