The Blue Jays players are preparing for a return to Toronto, however, nothing has been finalized just yet.
The homeless Blue Jays are still searching for a landing spot to begin the shortened 2020 season. The brain trust has contemplated a handful of venues as they continue to search for the best-case scenario for their players and organization as a whole.
Dunedin appeared like the obvious frontrunner, however, a recent Corona Virus outbreak in the state of Florida has seemingly quashed those plans. Buffalo, Tropicana Field, and their home city north of the border have all been tabled at one point or another during the discussions.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported yesterday that players had been told to travel to Toronto although Davidi softened on that stance in a later tweet clarifying that players had been told to stand down until the decision is made official by the government.
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If the Blue Jays get the official stamp of approval from the government, players will need to quarantine at the attached Rogers Centre hotel, however, they will be permitted to attend the ball diamond and it’s amenities.
President Mark Shapiro recently informed the media “there is no closure at the moment” but the team has presented a cohort quarantine plan for Toronto that is over and above what’s demanded in the MLB Operations Manual.
The team also officially announced the 60-man roster that will be available to them throughout the season. The roster currently has 58 players named to it with presumably a spot being saved for Austin Martin who has yet to officially sign a contract after being selected 5th overall in the recent draft.
With camp officially kicking off later this week, the Jays will have an answer on their future in short order. As it stands right now, all things are pointing to our “Boys of Summer” playing games north of the border.