Ahead of the Opening Day, sang Toronto Blue Jays still looking for their new home for the 2020 season.
After The Canadian government has refused a team request to agree to play a game at Toronto’s Rogers Center because of concerns about the team crossing the border in the middle pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19), the club reportedly received approval to play most of their home matches at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but the plan was rejected by the Pennsylvania state government and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
“To add travelers to this region for any reason, including for professional sporting events, is risky for residents, visitors and members of both teams,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Now, the Blue Jays will continue to explore other options, including traveling to the city from each scheduled opponent and playing as the home team, per Buster Olney from ESPN. The club has initially looked into playing their home matches at their Triple-A affiliated baseball stadium in Buffalo, New York, their spring training baseball stadium in Dunedin, Florida. and Camden Yards, the house Orioles in Baltimore, Maryland. There are concerns about the average adjustments needed in Buffalo and Florida the ongoing COVID-19 wave for their spring training site.
Blue Jays will begin their 2020 campaign on Friday at Tropicana Field to face the Tampa Bay Light. Toronto’s first “home” game is scheduled for July 29 New league schedule based geographically for this season, the team will not roam outside their “territory” in an effort to contain additional exposure to COVID-19.
Every MLB team will play 40 of their 60 matches against opponents of their own division, so the Blue Jays and Pirates will play 10 matches against their AL AL and NL Central rivals respectively. Then, the remaining 20 matches will be matches from opposite league geographical divisions, meaning AL East will face NL East; NL Central will face AL Central. 2020 MLB The postseason will retain its 10-team format, with two Wild Card teams from each league.
While The MLB 2020 schedule is set, and the team is almost done with their second round spring training, still there five questions off the field face the league in this short 60 match season. Meanwhile, The CBB Sports MLB staff has made a decision for divisions, World Series, MVP, Cy Young awards and more.
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