On Tuesday, there were two big pieces of news involving the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and two of the Colorado Rockies’ rivals in the National League West.
With Major League Baseball still working on a final deal that would allow the Colorado Rockies and the rest of MLB’s teams to return to the field in 2020, news surrounding the home fields for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks took center stage on Tuesday.
First, it was reported that Los Angeles County would likely extend its stay-at-home order through July. This, of course, impacts the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium, not only in terms of regular-season games but also virtually ensures that the All-Star Game will not take place as planned on July 14. It has been reported that Colorado All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, a Southern California native, might even consider taking part in the 2020 Home Run Derby. However, that now seems like the longest of long shots.
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Previously, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti had stated that he didn’t foresee sporting events with fans returning to his city before 2021. Will Tuesday’s hint of a longer lockdown mean that the Dodgers might be playing their games at their spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona? Or could the Dodgers share Angel Stadium, located in Orange County, with the Los Angeles Angels? Don’t be surprised if some creativity happens when the condensed 2020 schedule is announced.
Speaking of Arizona, that state’s governor, Doug Ducey, said on Tuesday that professional sports could return to his state after May 15 (Friday), provided they adhere to CDC guidelines to ensure the public’s safety.
Again, while fans may not be able to be in attendance as before at Chase Field or any spring training facility, the fact that professional sports can return is an encouraging sign. It also sets the table for spring training to return at Salt River Fields and other complexes when MLB finalizes the timeline for the sport’s return, including what is needed in terms of time for teams to ramp back into game shape before the regular season begins.