According to New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton, when MLB comes back, games could be played at neutral sites especially for teams in cities that were hit hard by the coronavirus.
While the warmer temperature doesn’t settle in New York until mid-May, baseball attendance is the Big Apple is usually poorly attended aside from Opening Day. But with major sporting events canceled or postponed until the foreseeable future amid the coronavirus pandemic in the nation, baseball fans need the sport more than ever. Especially Fans of the New York Yankees and Mets.
But when Major League Baseball returns, will it return to New York, the United States’ coronavirus epicenter?
"“I know there’s sites that have already been discussed — I’m not sure if I should even say this publicly — but there’s four or five sites that are up in the air that MLB and the union have slightly discussed that these are spots that have the resources, facilities, hotels that could host a major-league team if we get to that point,” Britton said in the interview."
Where are these alleged sites the MLB and MLB Players Association proposed? For one they probably won’t be in any major city severely impacted by the coronavirus. That would most likely rule out the New York, Los Angeles, and Florida markets.
Would these sites be in already established MLB ballparks? Or will it be in a city that doesn’t currently house an MLB franchise but could potentially get one in the near future?
Montreal, Omaha, Nashville, and Las Vegas seem like very intriguing cities.
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I’m not opposed to the neutral site games. A neutral site poses no advantage to either team. As a baseball fan who’s craving any sort of competition, this is a home run for the league.
But as a diehard fan who lives a few miles from Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, this flat out stinks. Nothing beats heading to the ballpark, grabbing some delectable eats and perhaps a cold brew (for those 21-years-or-older of course). It will feel weird.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where baseball is played. As long as the fans can watch on TV or in the seats of the ballpark, it means we no longer have to worry about the coronavirus.
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