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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Alternate, developmental sites to return for MLB teams in 2021, as Triple-A season gets delayed by at least one month, league says

Major League Baseball teams will operate alternate sites similar to those used during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, a long-expected move that will delay the beginning of the Triple-A season by at least a month, the league confirmed Tuesday.

“This is a prudent step to complete the major league and minor league seasons as safely as possible, and we look forward to having fans back in ballparks across the country very soon,” Morgan Sword, MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations, said in a statement.

After ESPN reported the imminent delay Tuesday, the league sent out a memo confirming the move to teams. While Triple-A, the highest level of minor league baseball, was scheduled to begin April 6, games will be pushed back, sources said, to around the same time as Double-A and Class A are expected to start—the first week of May. MLB’s Opening Day is not affected by the move and remains on pace for 15 games—most at stadiums with fans—on April 1.

Some executives told ESPN they believe the alternate site could last longer into the season. The reason for rekindling sites—which serve as training facilities for players who are likeliest to be called up to the major leagues—is the proximity to teams’ home stadiums and easier oversight of testing and coronavirus protocols, according to sources. Further, Triple-A teams travel via commercial airline, whereas major league teams can go from hotel to stadium to private flights on getaway days.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2021 at 08:53 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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