We had a great discussion for Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Former NFL and college football coach John Shoop (who now lives in the Asheville area) co-hosted with Pat Ryan and the three of us got into ESPN’s report of MLB considering a quarantined season in Arizona.
Under this proposal, all 30 MLB teams would play in spring training ballparks and the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field with players and team personnel sequestered together for four to five months. While the idea sounds feasible, is it really possible under current circumstances with COVID-19?
I lean toward the pessimistic side and don’t think baseball will be played this year. So that should probably be considered when I say I don’t see this happening. Sure, we want sports and baseball playing would be great. But there are just too many questions, too many risks, and playing games while the rest of the country is holed up, sick, or dying just feels wrong.