The states of Arizona and Florida have already been mentioned as possible sites for the 2020 Major League Baseball season if the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t prevent it from happening. In the event the campaign does get underway, Texas could join Arizona and Florida in hosting teams and games, R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports reports.
Anderson heard from a source that there’s “guarded optimism” this three-state plan could actually take effect. Major league, minor league and spring training facilities would all be potential spots for regular-season games, and there would be multiple contests per day in those places.
Notably, there are five MLB stadiums among the states. Texas features two big league ballparks, the Astros’ Minute Maid Park and the Rangers’ soon-to-open Globe Life Field. Both facilities include retractable roofs, which is important when considering the Texas heat and the need to guard against potential rainouts. MLB would obviously want to get in as many games as possible during what would surely be a truncated season. Fortunately for the league, Arizona (the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field) and Florida (Marlins Park and the Rays’ Tropicana Field) also have either domed or retractable venues.
It’s unclear how many clubs would be stationed in each state, nor is it known how serious the league is about this possibility. Likewise, it’s anyone’s guess whether staging any MLB games in 2020 – even without spectators – will prove to be feasible with COVID-19 still not under control. Nevertheless, with MLB guaranteed to take an enormous financial hit if a season doesn’t take place, it’s brainstorming many different ideas as it hopes to avoid a worst-case scenario.