Cactus League Prepared To Start 2021 Spring Training On Time

Spring training is scheduled to start on time but that is no guarantee

The letter was signed by Bridget Binsbacher, executive director of the Cactus League Association, and by the city managers or mayors of Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Glendale, and the president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community - all of whom have Spring Training venues in their areas.

Major League Baseball said in a statement it would "continue to consult with public health officials, medical experts and the Players Association on whether any changes to the schedule for the announced start of spring training and the championship season. should be made in light of the current COVID-19. environment to ensure the safety of players, coaches, referees, Major League Baseball employees and others game day staff in a sport that plays every day".

"This position is based on public data from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which projects a sharp decline in infections in Arizona by mid-March", the letter said. Even if the Cactus League made a decision to delay or postpone those official games, teams would simply play intrasquad games at their own complex. "What really inspired that letter was it allows for additional time for the situation to improve and certainly we're seeing, even since the thought of that letter, the situation has improved and we're trending in the right direction".

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To be clear: The Cactus League itself has no say over when MLB decides to start spring training, but the Cactus League and its host cities are trying to present a unified opinion that they don't believe spring training would be safe in February - and that the economic impact could be better in March.

The MLBPA said it will continue to operate as if the spring training and the regular season will start on time.

The only thing that could actually put a stop to Spring Training is Arizona lawmakers determining it is necessary, which is unlikely considering other sports are now playing in the state, some even with fans in attendance. However, she is hopeful for a pod-seating concept for all facilities. We're hopeful that there will be fans in the stands, but again, it changes all the time.

In negotiating the rules and conditions for the 2021 season, the MLBPA has been staunch in its desire to play a full season, which logistically necessitates a regularly scheduled spring session under most if not all scenarios under consideration.

"Every year, we experience a tremendous boon in our local economy because of spring training", Giles said.

The letter from the Arizona leaders noted that league officials do not have the unilateral authority to delay spring training.

"I believe we're going to recover because of everything that's happening right now", Binsbacher said.