Baseball might return to New York this summer, but if spring training resumes, both the Yankees and Mets are expected to be at their sites in Florida, according to sources.
While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the state would support professional teams’ efforts to reopen their facilities and hold games without fans this season as the number of coronavirus cases falls locally, New York City has not yet hit all the markers to reopen completely.
Major League Baseball and the Players Association are still trying to come to an agreement about how to start the season, with questions remaining about health and safety, as well as economics.
If they are able to strike a deal by June 1, a spring training 2.0 might begin by mid-June, with the regular season opening on July 1.
A roughly three-week spring training could be held either at teams’ home parks or at their spring facilities.
With the Yankees in Tampa and the Mets in Port St. Lucie, both teams would have multiple fields to use at once. However, they would also have to deal with oppressive Florida summer heat and rainstorms.
And the teams would have to institute whatever health guidelines are mandated by any agreement struck between the league and the union.