The Toronto Blue Jays, similar to many other professional baseball teams are in a holding pattern while they wait to receive permission from provincial government officials as to whether they can begin to train and play baseball at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The alternative will be to return to their spring training base in Dunedin, Florida, where currently there is a substantial number of people contracting the CODID-19 virus due to an irresponsible state government which lifted many restrictions.
The Blue Jays are slated to start training camp on the 1st of July with a shortened 60 game Major League Baseball season slated to get underway on either the 23rd or24th of July. The means the countdown to making a decision has started said President Mark Shapiro, who stated during a conference call;
“There is no deadline from MLB, and there’s no deadline from any other governing body. But I think for myself and for the Toronto Blue Jays, we are obviously working on an accelerated timeframe and we need to make a decision very soon.
It is expected that the majority of teams will play at their home stadiums. However, the Blue Jays have the added issue of dealing with the closure of the U.S/Canadian border and the rules pertaining to quarantine during the pandemic. Commenting, Shapiro added, “Sometime over the weekend, we’ll get them on their way and tell them where to report.”
Several Blue Jay Players and Staff Test Positive
Recently, there have been a number of players from the Blue Jays, as well as staff members who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The Jays organization recently submitted a petition the Canadian federal government requesting that it provide authorization for the team to cross the border so they can prepare for the upcoming season safely. However, anyone that does receive permission to cross the border will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine.
Currently, the border remains closed until at least the 21st of July. However, with the continued rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S and their continued irresponsible actions towards taking action to reduce the spread, it is likely the border closure will be extended.
Shapiro addressed the issue of training by stating; “As the condition in Florida got worse, and the spike happened … we raised the possibility of conducting our training in Toronto. It just seemed like that was a safer alternative.”
Currently, Canada’s Public Health Agency has stated that it is monitoring and accessing the plan submitted for restarting its season by the MLB; however, they at the time, they have no additional information.