I'm all for MLB finding a way to play a semblance of a 2020 season. Some baseball is better than no baseball, whether a ballpark is empty or full.
A couple of early-stage proposals have suggested MLB could start the 2020 campaign in the Phoenix area. Players, coaches and essential team personnel would live in isolation with one another, away from their families.
Depending on when the season potentially starts, the league could opt to stay out west all season. That's all and well, but some players won't want to leave their loved ones for several months — if the season happens to be that long.
I think you’re going to have a hard time telling grown men with established lives to stay in a hotel and not be with their families. You’re going to tell Kris Bryant that he’s not going to see his baby (born April 7) for 4 1/2 months?
Rizzo added playing in Arizona for less time, say six weeks, could work. But he also wonders how the league will work through player health and salaries. Plus, if the league decides to play into November or even December, it would impact the 2021 season schedule.
MLB's goal is to play in 2020, but Rizzo's concerns are valid and suggest the league has a lot to sort through as it tries to map out a season.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.