Anderson: Amid coronavirus, play all MLB baseball in Florida – Opinion – Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Coronavirus has forced several sports to take drastic measures and Major League Baseball must make a decision on how to proceed. Why not keep the spring training teams here?

Coronavirus has forced several sports to take unprecedented measures. The NBA, for example, has suspended its season, the NCAA basketball tournament will be played before empty arenas, and other leagues and organizations are sure to follow with plans equally as drastic.

Major League Baseball — arguably our national pastime and essentially a constant in this country since 1876 — has yet to decide how to proceed. With Opening Day looming, what should be done about the regular season? Play the games as scheduled? Hold them in empty stadiums? Postpone the season? Or cancel it altogether?

Here’s an idea: Start the regular season in Florida. The teams are already here for spring training, so just keep them here. Every team playing in the Grapefruit League stays until further developments warrant the next move. It would be just like spring, only the game would actually count.

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