It’s still unclear if there will be an MLB season in 2020. We’re more than two months removed from when opening day was supposed to take place, with the coronavirus pandemic suspending the season since mid-March.
While seemingly everyone wants the season to happen at some point, there are a lot of issues to work out. Mainly the issue of paying players, which MLB and the Players Association are currently fighting over.
But if the season does get sorted out at some point, then there’s good news for the San Francisco Giants. San Francisco mayor London Breed is easing stay at home restrictions in the city, and allowing professional sports teams to return on June 15, for practice and games.
That means two important things for the Giants. The current proposal for a 2020 season includes teams playing their games at their actual stadiums, even though there won’t be fans. The Giants will now be able to do that. And it means that the team can hold their second Spring Training at Oracle Park, instead of doing so in Arizona and then having to travel again.
If owners/players reach a deal, Giants will be able to play at Oracle Park. Mayor @LondonBreed put out timeline that allows sporting events without fans around June 15. MLB wouldn't start until July at earliest. Giants would also be allowed to have Spring Training 2.0 in SF.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 28, 2020
The season proposal included restarting Spring Training in mid-June, so the timing here is very good for the Giants. It would certainly be a change of pace to have Spring Training at their home ballpark, but everything about this (potential) season has been weird and bizarre and unprecedented.
We don’t know what will happen with the season, and we may not know for a few more weeks, but the Giants are surely starting to set some plans to restart baseball at Oracle Park.
Wouldn’t that be something.