Andrew Cuomo is offering a temporary home in New York to every Major League Baseball team.
“New York State can host any Major League Baseball game that any team wants to play and they can play those games in our stadium,” the governor said in a briefing on Tuesday. “New York State has the lowest infection rate in the United States. New York State has the entire Department of Health in place. We have a test system. I offer Major League Baseball, if you are having trouble playing in other states, play here. “
The baseball season began last week, but quickly ran into a fumble when more than a dozen players and coaches tested positive with the Miami Marlins in recent days following a road trip in Philadelphia.
Cuomo said that guaranteeing the continuation of the baseball season “would be good for the economy, I think it would be good for the psyche, I think it would be good for the soul of the country.”
The National Basketball Association is resuming its season with all games being played in Orlando, Fla., While the National Hockey League will resume in “bubbles” set in the cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Canada.
“We can establish a protocol where you meet on a private plane in a high-risk state, you land in New York, you are taken directly from the plane to a quarantine hotel,” Cuomo said. “You are in the quarantine hotel and have been tested at the quarantine hotel. If you are negative, you play ball. ”
In addition to the stadiums used by the Yankees and Mets, the largest ballpark in New York is Buffalo’s Sahlen Field, which became the temporary home of the Toronto Blue Jem. There are at least 14 other minor league stadiums in the state, including areas used by Triple A-level teams in Rochester and Syracuse.
“I understand the practical dynamics – teams want to play in their state and city. I get it,” said Cuomo, who is no fan anyway, it’s just about coverage, and the New York Media Capitol. ”