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Report: Blue Jays Exploring Possibility of Home Games in Buffalo

The Toronto Blue Jays have reached out to their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, about possibly playing their home games in Buffalo this summer, according to the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington.

The Blue Jays are currently holding their workouts in Toronto, but while Canadian health officials provided the club for clearance for summer camp, the team is yet to obtain approval for regular-season games.

Toronto players are currently being quarantined at a Marriott hotel that is connected to the Rogers Centre.

The team’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., appears to be another option for the club if it is unable to obtain clearance and play games in Toronto, though with COVID-19 cases spiking in Florida, that provides its own problems.

According to the Buffalo News, while the Bisons’ Sahlen Field is of major league quality, the stadium’s lighting would potentially need an upgrade.

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 12, 2020 at 05:59 PM (#5962440)
I'd forgotten about the hotel attached to Skydome -- as good an isolation set-up as you could hope for.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 12, 2020 at 06:49 PM (#5962453)
One of our Ontarians (Ron? RJ?) had been arguing this for a while.
   3. the virus could be killed by injecting 57i66135 Posted: July 12, 2020 at 06:55 PM (#5962456)
I'd forgotten about the hotel attached to Skydome -- as good an isolation set-up as you could hope for.
except that leaving the premises is punishable by up to a $750,000 fine, according to the canadian government.


personally, i would 'nope' the #### out of that situation if i was a player.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 12, 2020 at 07:07 PM (#5962458)
except that leaving the premises is punishable by up to a $750,000 fine, according to the canadian government.

Well yeah, but that's in Canadian metric dollres, so that's like what, about $50 US?
   5. McCoy Posted: July 12, 2020 at 07:31 PM (#5962467)
I'd rather get the virus than go to Buffalo
   6. Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: July 12, 2020 at 08:59 PM (#5962477)
The Toronto Blue Jays of Buffalo
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: July 12, 2020 at 10:13 PM (#5962494)
I'd forgotten about the hotel attached to Skydome -- as good an isolation set-up as you could hope for.

plus Marriott points!
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 12, 2020 at 11:03 PM (#5962499)
The Toronto Blue Jays of Buffalo
The Blue Jay Wings?
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: July 12, 2020 at 11:25 PM (#5962503)
Bleu Jay Wings
   10. RJ in TO Posted: July 12, 2020 at 11:30 PM (#5962504)
One of our Ontarians (Ron? RJ?) had been arguing this for a while.
I've mostly been arguing I don't want the games in Toronto.

I'm also not exactly thrilled to hear the NHL will be using Toronto as a hub city.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 13, 2020 at 12:10 AM (#5962510)
Bleu Jay Wings
Bien joué, monsieur.
   12. John Northey Posted: July 13, 2020 at 01:42 AM (#5962517)
I say play in Buffalo as we don't need any of that COVID you in the US seem to love. How else to explain the no mask situation in COVID central aka Florida? The Jays need to play in Miami and Tampa so lets just avoid that mess and keep any disease down there. For training camp, where the players are locked in the dome, great. But if they want to wander too bad so sad. We love baseball here but don't need the disease to come back (Ontario as a whole is around 100 cases a day now, with a positivity rate of below 1% vs Miami at 33%+ for example.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 13, 2020 at 01:52 AM (#5962518)
Night games in Buffalo are fine for the players' needs (since they've been playing there for years), but the issue with the lighting has to do with broadcasting the games on TV. The lights are the old halogen bulb design, and not the newer LED ones.

As a Jays fan, I'd love it if they could play in Toronto (so I can hear the sound of Vladdy Jr. home runs reverberate around the empty dome), but as a Canadian I'd probably feel better if they play in Buffalo.
The NHL hub idea is much more controllable than having the Jays players (and their opponents) travel to/from the USA and back to Canada. At least the players in the NHL games are STAYING IN Toronto (and Edmonton).

   14. Ron J Posted: July 13, 2020 at 06:16 AM (#5962527)
#12 I know Ford was leaning towards approving a special waiver for the Jays before the situation in so many places in the US exploded. I'd bet heavily against it now.
   15. The_Ex Posted: July 13, 2020 at 08:02 AM (#5962534)
The issue is isolation. Travis Shaw came out and said that the players were only told to isolate for two weeks, that means the length of training camp. He also said that players would want to go out. With COVID under relative control in Toronto, the locals do not want players from Florida coming up and wandering around the city (Tampa are the Jays first opponents). The players say its unreasonable to expect us to stay in a hotel room for 60 days without going out.

Note: The population of Florida is around 50% higher than Ontario, where Toronto is located. Ontario has had 130 cases per day recently, Florida has had 13,000.
   16. Ron J Posted: July 13, 2020 at 08:23 AM (#5962538)
#15 As I understand it, in negotiations with the province MLB was promising frequent tests (I had heard daily). I don't think there would be much of a problem if the players were getting regular reliable tests.

   17. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM (#5962572)
Trade the Bills for the Blue Jays, straight up.
   18. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 13, 2020 at 03:10 PM (#5962673)
The Bills already played in Toronto. It didn't work out so well.
   19. Ron J Posted: July 13, 2020 at 04:25 PM (#5962713)
#18 I went to every Bills in TO game. From what I could see the problem wasn't attendance but that the people attending weren't particularly invested. We went to a Bills game in Buffalo last year and the atmosphere was quite different.

Might be different if it was the Toronto Bills. Maybe.
   20. base ball chick Posted: July 13, 2020 at 08:32 PM (#5962759)
The_Ex Posted: July 13, 2020 at 08:02 AM (#5962534)

The issue is isolation. Travis Shaw came out and said that the players were only told to isolate for two weeks, that means the length of training camp. He also said that players would want to go out. With COVID under relative control in Toronto, the locals do not want players from Florida coming up and wandering around the city (Tampa are the Jays first opponents). The players say its unreasonable to expect us to stay in a hotel room for 60 days without going out


- just because they canadians doesn't mean they are stoopidd

they know that americans and their freedumb attitudes are causing tons and tons of disease and i got ZERO sympathy for rich guys who whining about having to stay in a deluxe hotel with gourmet meals for 60 days AND getting paid megabux. if they can't live without youknowwhat they can just get them one of them silicone toys like they got sitting in the seats in korea who don't give you no covid
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 13, 2020 at 08:49 PM (#5962760)
if they can't live without youknowwhat they can just get them one of them silicone toys like they got sitting in the seats in korea who don't give you no covid
Oh, I’m sure that’s already been taken care of. Plenty of high-end escorts would be eager to go into the bubble and have a couple months of exclusive access to MLB players, I would imagine.
   22. base ball chick Posted: July 13, 2020 at 09:33 PM (#5962762)
ida know bout that billy

i would think that actual female partners of the ballplayers might could not be real too happy about OTHER females getting to be with their men for 2 straight months while they are banned

i would bet they'd prefer silicone

and the live substitutes just might could have phones. and not keep mouths shut or social media off neither

   23. Schtoopo Posted: July 13, 2020 at 09:57 PM (#5962763)
They could probably get Jack Eichel to try out. He's not doing anything in August anyway.
   24. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: July 14, 2020 at 11:59 AM (#5962811)
20-22: i'm just saying, the nba bubble is going to produce an interesting story or two along these lines sooner than later.
   25. Ron J Posted: July 14, 2020 at 12:14 PM (#5962813)
As I've mentioned in the main Covid thread, it looks like the travel restrictions will be extended until August 21 at the earliest. This will really complicate matter if Doug Ford isn't willing to grant MLB some kind of exemption. And he sure doesn't sound enthused about doing so.

Loads of money in play so you never know.
   26. Walt Davis Posted: July 14, 2020 at 07:39 PM (#5962904)
With no fans, not necessarily a lot of money in play for Toronto, maybe some for Ontario or the federal government. I guess they still get the income tax on visiting players (and I'll leave it to tax nerds to advise us on what happens to home players if they actually play in Buffalo). The money at stake at this point is almost all revenue coming to Rogers and what gets passed onto the Jays ... all one big corporate family too, right? In theory at least, that revenue doesn't depend on games being played in Toronto or Buffalo for either Rogers or the government.
   27. Rally Posted: July 14, 2020 at 08:08 PM (#5962910)
Good question on the taxes. In that case, players would be pushing for Dunedin over Buffalo. Except for the coronavirus situation.
   28. Jose Canusee Posted: July 15, 2020 at 09:02 PM (#5963238)
Cities thinking of pushing for expansion teams like Nashville should be lighting up the Jays' management to arrange something even if it's only a homestand. They can probably find a couple of hotels willing to kick everyone else out for 2 MLB teams and their staff.

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