According to CBS Miami, MLB is considering letting go of the plan of playing all games in Arizona. Instead, they want to follow the alignment of Spring Training.
It would mean that clubs will play at their Spring Training Facility and they will only play the teams of that “League”, Cactus or Grapefruit. In this way, MLB wants to limit the risk of traveling and getting contaminated as much as possible.
The landscape of the by the coronavirus shortened season would look like this:
NORTH: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates.
SOUTH: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles.
WEST: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins.
NORTHEAST: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A’s.
WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels.
NORTHWEST: Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals.
According to the plan, teams would return to their spring training complexes for three weeks of training so they can prepare for the regular season. According to Tony LaRussa, a senior advisor of baseball operations for the league, the league is trying to get creative.
Even though nothing has been decided yet, if MLB will go forward with this plan, it will mean that the winner of the Cactus League will take on the winner of the Grapefruit League in the World Series.
There are some advantages to the plan. The biggest of them is the familiarity of the Spring Training complexes and the areas they are located at.
One thing to think about is the fact that Florida has become one of the hot spots for the coronavirus in recent weeks with over 16,000 confirmed cases as of today.
It is creative for sure, but MLB should look to Japan, where teams were playing without fans. That did not stop the virus from spreading around amongst players.