Third Biosphere Site Emerges in Plan to Salvage MLB Season

105.3 The Fan
April 21, 2020 - 8:36 am
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Since the threat of coronavirus has shut down the beginning of the 2020 MLB season, plans are being considered that would possibly salvage part of the season with teams being isolated at a few ballparks across the US. 

Early rumors had most teams playing a 'Cactus League' style series in Arizona only, but more locations have been added to the list of potential sites. 

League sources reportedly told CBS Sports about an idea that would have teams stationed in one of three cities/stadiums: Florida, Arizona or Texas. 

Ballparks in St. Petersburg (Florida), Phoenix (Arizona), and Arlington (Texas) each have roofs, retractable or otherwise, that would safeguard against rainouts and other extreme weather, allowing for multiple games to be hosted at those sites per day, according to CBS Sports.

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tweeted about his attempts to get professional sports back on track and in the state, including NASCAR racing at Texas Motor Speedway. 

As acknowledged by Abbott, TMS says no fans will be present for the currently unscheduled race, but they hope it will give sports fans something to cheer for during this time of crisis. 

"A non-spectator event is not perfect because in our sport, the fans come first. But circumstances are such that this is a novel answer for the return of the sport for now. We are now working on a hard date," the statement read. "Our sport is unique because the competitors are inside the race cars with no body-to-body contact like most other sports. That is a distinct advantage now over other sports and why you will likely see auto racing as the first live sport returning to action."

The PGA Tour became the first sport to publicly announce a return date when they revealed a plan to resume the tour season beginning June 11-14 with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth.