Banished Blue Jays consider using PNC Park

PITTSBURGH — As if the designated hitter wasn't enough, there may be true American League baseball at PNC Park this year.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays learned they cannot play in Toronto this year due to Canada’s restrictions around the pandemic, and their search for a new home could lead them to PNC Park, per Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.

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The Pirates’ general manager, Ben Cherington, and his assistant general manager, Steve Sanders, both came from the Blue Jays, so the two front offices are close.

The Pirates would obviously take priority at PNC Park, but there are only seven days where the Pirates and Blue Jays have a home game scheduled this season, so it might not be too difficult to pull off.

Pirates President Travis Williams issued a statement:

“In an effort to help in the return of the game we all love, we continue to have active discussions with Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays organization regarding the possibility of hosting home games for the Blue Jays at PNC Park this season. This will be a monumental challenge for our staff, but leaning in to help others is what Pittsburghers do best. “If we are able to safely accommodate, not only will it bring additional international attention to our city, it will also bring with it jobs and revenue for local hotels, restaurants and other businesses that will support the Blue Jays organization as well as additional visiting teams.”

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