As the weekdays and weekends melt together, and every day of the week is just referred to as “the next one”, sports fans are clinging and clawing for any news they can get their hands on. Bad news or good news, it’s all wanted.
MLB Insider Jeff Passan made an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up! to discuss with Mike Greenberg what potential plans are in the fold to bring back baseball this season.
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According to Passan, “When it’s all said and done, it seems like it’s going to be Arizona or bust for Major League Baseball. It may have to get to the point where they say to themselves, this is what we are going to try to do even if we can’t ultimately pull it off.”
Some other ideas of varying credibility that have been thrown around include splitting up the league across Arizona and Florida, while a highly-unlikely option involved exporting players to Japan.
The idea behind isolating the league in Arizona is based on the idea of creating a situation similar to a “biosphere.” All players and involved personnel would be kept isolated from the outside world to the best of their abilities, only really traveling between the hotels and the stadiums. There would be no contact with unnecessary individuals until things progress to the point where teams could go back to their cities and play in their own stadiums. Without fans, of course.
Some other new concepts and being considered to keep the season together as much as possible could also include seven-inning double-headers, electronic strike zones, and no mound visits.
In the end, the hope is to potentially only stay isolated to Arizona for two to three months, instead of four to six. At this rate, I think most of us would be for anything that allows any sport to come back sooner rather than later. We just have to hope that the players themselves are as up for it as we are.