PITTSBURGH — If Major League Baseball can pull it off, the Pirates will open their 2020 season in Arizona.
For weeks or even months.
Sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan early Tuesday morning that MLB and the MLB Players Association have collectively embraced a plan that would see all 30 teams play in the Phoenix region -- at the Diamondbacks' Chase Field, the 10 nearby spring training complexes, and possibly other fields -- with an eye toward starting the season as early as May.
And no, there'd be no fans at the games at the outset.
The plan is well past the conceptual stage. Per the report, it’s received support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the National Institute of Health in that it promises to adhere to all participants being isolated away from competition and even elements of social distancing within the competition.
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