The New York Yankees (and Mets) are making plans to return to Florida for Spring Training No. 2.
While the future of the 2020 MLB season remains uncertain, the New York Yankees appear to be moving forward on their plans to resume training.
Before anything on the MLB-MLBPA contract is either crossed or dotted, we at least were treated to an indication of where the teams land on the very first logistical decision late on Thursday.
Rumors have emerged that the Yankees (along with their rivals in Flushing, the New York Mets) are making preparations to resume their second iteration of 2020 Spring Training at their respective Florida sites in mid-June.
Surely, this will excite Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s attempted to make his state open for business for what feels like months now.
Presuming the Yankees are cleared by the league to prepare for an early July Opening Day, it seems they’ll be opening their doors to the Florida complex, giving plenty of borderline roster candidates a chance to shine with expansion looming.
The intention, of course, remains for the 2020 Yankees to play their regular-season home games at Yankee Stadium, as long as New York City continues to check boxes off in their process of reopening.
Though it’s difficult to mentally grapple with the coronavirus statistics across the country and pretend as if a certain number of cases and deaths is comparatively good, it is true that the disease has done less damage in Florida than New York City, at this point in time. The home of the Mets’ camp, St. Lucie County, has still only experienced 353 cases and 28 deaths, as the New York City case count quickly surges past 200,000.
If the 2020 season resumes, it will take place under myriad safety protocols, especially if teams still intend to travel across the country instead of remain isolated in a singular state. It’s nearly impossible to not feel positive vibes about this latest development, however. If the Yankees and Mets are making behind-the-scenes logistical plans for the resumption of Spring Training, that means they believe we’re nearing a return, and the MLB and MLBPA’s differences may be settled sooner than we’re expecting.