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Monday, March 23, 2020

Jays’ Shapiro expects 4-week spring training before season

TORONTO (AP) — With no sign of when training camps can resume, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin.

Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Knowing that so many players are not even having any access to throwing at all or hitting at all, but most importantly just throwing, and probably limited access to just training and exercise, it’s hard to imagine we could get ready in less than four weeks,” Shapiro said in a teleconference with Toronto reporters.

Shapiro cautioned that training camps aren’t likely to reopen for some time yet.

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian Posted: March 23, 2020 at 11:20 AM (#5932775)
My impression has always been that position players always maintained that 2 weeks of Spring Training and exhibition games was all they needed. Pitchers need more but they got a start already and 99% of them have probably been maintaining a throwing program. Four weeks of workouts and games seems like overkill.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 23, 2020 at 11:24 PM (#5932974)
It will be interesting to see the “best shape of his life” stories that come out when this is all over...

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