If the Colorado Rockies and the rest of the Major League Baseball teams take the field in 2020, will it be because playing in Arizona is the only option? According to one baseball insider, it is very possible.
Jeff Passan of ESPN spoke on Monday morning of Major League Baseball’s plans to get the 2020 season underway. In an interview, Passan stated that, “It seems like it’s going to be Arizona or bust for Major League Baseball.” That means that the Colorado Rockies and the 29 other MLB teams could be starting the season all in one state and in a very close geographic area (Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs).
Now, does that mean that the teams would stay in that location for the entire season (whether that is 108 games or whatever the number of games the 2020 campaign is set to be)? That’s a big consideration to think about, and Passan touched on that, believing that the season could start in “a biosphere” of safety in Arizona and then branch out to the Major League cities later in the campaign.
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Of course, there are a lot of variables involved with not only starting the season in Arizona but then either playing its entirety at Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), the surrounding spring training facilities, and potentially even some of the fields used by Arizona State University. Among those would be if MLB cities are even cleared to host games later in the summer and if fans would be allowed to end those games, in Arizona or if they return to their home ballparks.
What about the minor leagues? What about the close contact the catcher and opposing batter might have? What about simply throwing the ball back and forth from pitcher to catcher? Pickoff moves at first base where the first baseman and runner are in close contact with each other? These are just some of the questions we ponder as we talk about the “Arizona or bust” scenario in our latest Rox Pile Rockies Report podcast.
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