Less than a month before reporting to players for spring training, the Cactus League of Arizona has submitted a formal request to Commissioner Rob Manfred stating that Spring Training due to the Kovid-19 transition rate in Maricoponic County The onset of may be delayed.Twitter link Via Brahma Resnick of 12 News in Arizona). The Cactus League does not have the authority to delay the start of spring training, but figures for its formal request for a response from the commissioner’s office exist.
“Amid the ongoing Kovid-19 pandemic, the Cactus League has formed a task force to ensure that our 10 spring training facilities are prepared to host the 2021 spring training session, which is safe for all , “Executive Bridgid Binsbacker wrote in a letter co-signed by nine other key members of the Cactus League. We are ready to work with you on the final preparations and results to begin the season. … But in view of the current state of the epidemic in Maricopa County – one of the nation’s highest infection rates – we believe it would be wise to delay the start of spring training to rectify the Kovid-19 situation. “
However, the county’s appeal has no effect on policy, unless players change their positions – and they are clear on the issue. In response to Cactus League letter, MLBPA released Its own statement, Reiterating their desire (and urge) to start on time. “Although we have not received any communication directly, the MLBPA is aware of a letter that has been distributed today by the Cactus League Association,” the letter begins. It is said, “The letter correctly notes that the MLB does not have the ability to make this decision unilaterally.”
To negotiate the terms and conditions of the 2021 season, the MLBPA has been staunch in its desire to play a full season, requiring a regularly scheduled spring session under all scenarios if not all scenarios were considered goes. For any movement on the part of the players, the owners and the league have to account for the money that the players have to delay and lose the season. This may be the biggest point of leverage for players, and it is not what they appear willing to compromise without considerable concessions on the part of the league. For what it’s worth, the NHL is currently active in Glendale with fans in the stands, notes San Francisco San Francisco’s Susan Slusser. Glendale was one of the cities to sign the letter sent to the league.
There are basically two scenarios that can result in delayed spring training. The first would be that the local health crisis is growing so much that health officials have mandated sanctions that conflict with the league’s ability to open camps. Given the already severe nature of this crisis at present, it is not considered a particularly likely outcome. The second possibility MLB and MLBPA together decide that delaying the camp is the proper course of action.