Report: MLB considering playing in empty spring stadiums


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Major League Baseball is entertaining the idea of playing games in centralized locations without fans as it looks at ways to conduct the 2020 season, reports The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

While the season could potentially begin in Arizona or even Florida, many obstacles remain.

MLB is first and foremost concerned with public health, while also recognizing how difficult and controversial it would be to quarantine 30 teams in one area and devote resources that could benefit the public instead, according to Rosenthal's sources.

Another concern with the plan would be the health of players, personnel, and umpires, among others. If one person involved with the games were to become infected, MLB would be back to square one and would have put people in jeopardy trying to play the season.

"Your margin of error is so small," one baseball official told Rosenthal.

No official decision has been made about how to move forward with the season, but the league and the player's union have discussed various issues related to a potential 2020 campaign.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the regular season would be delayed on March 12 and explained that public-health concerns would dictate decisions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against gatherings of 50 or more people until at least May 10.

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