Why baseball’s plan to play games in Arizona won’t work, and 1 reason why it could

MLB is considering using stadiums in Arizona to start the season in May or June, but could the decision end up doing more harm than good, and is it worth it.

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April 8, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is shown on March 12, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Major League Baseball stated Tuesday that holding games in one central area is one of several ideas discussed regarding how and when it becomes safe to start the season. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/TNS

CHICAGO — Major League Baseball is considering playing the delayed 2020 season in empty stadiums in Arizona, using the 10 spring training ballparks in the Phoenix area and Chase Field as the venues.

Details of this plan haven’t been revealed, but according to various outlets including The Athletic, ESPN and the Associated Press, the idea is to begin in May or June, sequester teams in hotels for 4½ months without their families and even play seven-inning doubleheaders to get more games in.

MLB said in a statement Tuesday it is has “not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan,” though someone must have leaked the idea of the Arizona Plan to gauge fan reaction.

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