MLB has seen 40 players and staff test positive for COVID-19 in the past week and it has now been reported that multiple Toronto Blue Jays players have also tested positive.
When the association made the announcement last week, the Blue Jays shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin after a player exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. It seems like it was too late and the virus has spread…
The MLB had just confirmed that players will comply with commissioner Rob Manfred’s imposed outline for a 60-game 2020 season. Players are set report for another version of “spring” training on July 1, and the regular season will start either July 23 or 24, the league announced.
It remains to be seen if additional cases will impact the association’s decision to resume play.
In the NHL, Pierre LeBrun reported that Toronto and the Maple Leafs are working on a plan to host the playoff tournament. And it might be able to work for all players involved :
“One thing that Toronto did through MLSE is they resubmitted their bid over the weekend. They’ve gone from sort of a downtown core bubble to in fact introducing the idea of a 40-acre campus like bubble on the CNE grounds where they would have access to BMO Field and the Coca-Cola Coliseum where the Marlies play, to the Raptors practice facility to the Hotel X that has 400 rooms, built a couple years ago. And within those grounds willing to build on that whether it comes to food trucks or an outside movie theatre. So, MLSE is trying to get Toronto sort of back on the minds of the NHLPA and the NHL. The question is, is it to late? Because there does seem to be momentum for the bids in Vancouver, Edmonton and certainly Vegas. And again, Chicago and L.A. have not been counted out just yet.”
It was reported that the two sides have shortened their original list of 10 hub cities down to six with Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago all still in the mix.