PHOENIX – While the Cactus League Association is preparing to host Spring Training in a safe way, the CEO, along with nine community leaders, has called on Major League Baseball to postpone the start of Spring Training due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current frequency of cases in Maricopa County.
The first spring training games in Arizona are scheduled to begin in February. 27. MLB has not yet revealed details about whether fans – and if so how many – would be allowed to be inside the stadiums.
“We are grateful to MLB for the partnership and united in our commitment to providing a safe, secure environment. To this end, the working group has worked to ensure that ball parks are able to meet COVID-19 protocols such as pod seating, social “But given the current state of the Maricopa County pandemic – with one of the country’s highest levels of infection – we think it would be wise to postpone the start of spring training to improve the COVID-19 situation here,” the letter dated jan. 22 said, which was shared with ABC15 on Monday.
The letter was signed by Bridget Binsbacher, executive director of the Cactus League Association, and by city leaders or mayors of Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Glendale, and the president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. – which all have spring training sites in their areas.
Due to the pandemic, the spring training season 2020 was cut.
“This position is based on public data from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which projects a sharp decline in infections in Arizona by mid-March,” the letter said.
To date, the Arizona Department of Health Services has reported 727,895 cases of COVID-19 and 12,239 deaths since the pandemic began. On Monday, the state reported 5,321 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional death.
“We understand that any decision to postpone spring training cannot be taken unilaterally by MLB. As leaders who are accused of protecting public health, and as committed, long-standing partners in the spring training industry, we want you to know that we stand united on this point. “
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