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Old Yesterday, 05:21 PM
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Is the AZ thing even possible? Using Chase Field makes sense as that is a dome. But come June/July/August when temps during the day will be 110+ at times are players going to want to play in heat like that? Then there will be the possibility of dehydration, heat exhaustion in addition to worries about COVID.
If you're playing in empty stadiums, the temperature is irrelevant. Precipitation can be an issue in baseball, but you can play baseball in heat, especially if you're in an empty stadium with the fans being electric and in the dugouts. Phoenix nights in May and June can be uncomfortable as well, but the humidity and thunderstorms don't generally come until late July and August.

As long as you're isolating baseball from the fans, you could hold the games in Alaska. You wouldn't even need lights for the night games, but there aren't enough Alaska Baseball League parks to do that.

Arizona heat is not the issue.
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Is the AZ thing even possible? Using Chase Field makes sense as that is a dome. But come June/July/August when temps during the day will be 110+ at times are players going to want to play in heat like that? Then there will be the possibility of dehydration, heat exhaustion in addition to worries about COVID.
Like some other people said, don't think much of an issue. I don't think I've seen other people say this but they could play games in the morning (10?) and at night, fans, water, etc. Keep in be mind too that if they do this,
they probably have much bigger rosters (I saw it suggested that they be up to 35 people) since there wouldn't be minor leagues, so you'd be able to switch out players a lot more.
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Bob Nightengale saying divisions this season could be based on spring training locations. Sox division would be pretty tough with the Sox, Dodgers, Indians, Angels, and Reds.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...on/5128935002/
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I think there's a path to pulling off some type of "tournament" or modified season approach in 2020- I think the main enabler of pulling that off is the ramping up of fast, accessible testing (i.e. recent Abbott test, and others).

The testing volume is rapidly scaling up- and once the highest priorities have been addressed within the medical community- this rapid testing can be a real key to allowing certain activities we are now addressing via quarantine, etc.

Players, coaches, umpires and the support staff required to pull off "empty ballpark" games in AZ could be tested before entering whatever facilities are being used each day.
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Bob Nightengale saying divisions this season could be based on spring training locations. Sox division would be pretty tough with the Sox, Dodgers, Indians, Angels, and Reds.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...on/5128935002/
Question: Why not just let the AL play in one state and the NL in the other? They also proposed every team playing in AZ, so splitting that way wouldn't be some major imposition.
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Question: Why not just let the AL play in one state and the NL in the other? They also proposed every team playing in AZ, so splitting that way wouldn't be some major imposition.
Invariably that would be contrived to serve the interests of the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers, so of course they’d make the AL teams go to Florida and the NL teams go to Arizona.

I think it makes some sense to keep the teams at their “home” Spring Training facilities.
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