Snyder On MLB's Arizona Plan: I Don't See It Happening

MLB is reportedly mulling a plan in which the entire 2020 season is played in Arizona

JRSportBrief
April 08, 2020 - 7:58 am
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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the sports world to a screeching halt, but MLB is floating an idea to get games back – and sooner rather than later. 

Under the proposed plan, the entire MLB season would take place in Arizona, with teams stationed in confined environments.

Is that a realistic option?

“I think that they’re just discussing everything – every single possible scenario that they can discuss,” CBS Sports MLB writer Matt Snyder told JR SportBrief. “We know Toronto isn’t letting anybody go out through June, so the Blue Jays, for example, can’t have home games. We’ve seen the California governor [Gavin Newsom] say we’re not going to allow large gatherings maybe into September. It might affect the NFL season.”

Thus, baseball is trying to find a work-around. It has reportedly discussed the possibility of seven-inning games, an electronic strike zone, no mound visits, and players sitting in stands at least six feet apart.

“Baseball is sitting here [thinking], ‘Man, we’ve got five teams in California, we’ve got the Blue Jays, we don’t know how long this is going to last – maybe we’ll have a centralized location,’” Snyder said. “There’s a lot of spring training fields really close to each other in the Phoenix area. So I think that they’re just discussing [their options]. They might be able to do it a little bit earlier there than they could anywhere else, and if they started there, then they’re probably going to have to keep going because it might not be fair to some teams to get home games earlier than other teams. 

“So I think they’re just discussing it and they’re just trying to be optimistic,” Snyder continued. “But I can’t see it happening. I just can’t.”