While there is confidence among Major League Baseball players and officials that there will be a regular season in some form this year, one figures to only be practical if compromises are reached.
As the league discusses a multitude of scenarios that would allow play to resume as soon as May, almost every proposal thus far has called for teams beginning the 2020 campaign in a centralized location.
For many players, this is an easy sacrifice to make in order to accelerate the timeline of baseball starting back up. Others, though, have made it clear they are not willing to relocate from their families for a long period of time.
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux is not opposed to the idea of playing in a single location, but realizes the possibility would not sit well with some players, via Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times:
“For me, it’s not a big deal. I would definitely do it,” Lux said. “But you got to look at both ends of the spectrum with guys with families. I would completely understand if you didn’t want to do that and be away from your kids and your wife.”
While Lux is in favor of this route, certain players haven’t warmed up to the idea due to the likelihood they won’t be able to visit their families for months at a time.
Under the proposed Arizona plan, players would be required to self-quarantine in between games — essentially only being allowed to travel back-and-forth to the ballpark.
Clayton Kershaw is pleased MLB is exploring all avenues toward getting players back on the field, but revealed he wouldn’t support any plan that would prevent him from seeing his family.
Kenley Jansen offered a different perspective and believes players must be willing to make difficult decisions if it means baseball returning in the near future.
Alex Wood is also onboard with the rumored Arizona plan, but like Lux, understands why some players are reluctant to leave their families.
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