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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Blue Jays set to open 2021 season playing home games in Dunedin

The Toronto Blue Jays, displaced once again by pandemic border restrictions, will open the 2021 season at their spring home in Dunedin, Fla., according to multiple industry sources.

An internal email Wednesday informed staffers of the decision, which is expected to be announced Thursday, when the club holds its first official workout for pitchers and catchers of the spring.

For now, the shift to TD Ballpark covers homestands April 8-14 against the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees and April 27-May 2 versus the Washington Nationals and Atlanta. Similar to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, who are playing out of nearby Tampa, the Blue Jays will wait to determine the status of the May 14-24 series with Philadelphia, Boston and Tampa Bay and beyond, in the hopes the border opens up and allow for a return to Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Settling on a temporary home, at least for the early portion of the schedule, allows the Blue Jays to avoid the type of chaotic scramble that preceded the decision to spend the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2021 at 11:08 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: February 18, 2021 at 01:36 PM (#6005667)
I guess this is good in the short term, since it guarantees some certainty to the players.

And Florida in April is pleasant enough.
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: February 21, 2021 at 12:47 PM (#6006088)
A lot more pleasant then Buffalo. (Or Toronto, but at least the dome would've been closed.)

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