MLB Considering Resuming Spring Training at Home Ballparks Instead of Florida and Arizona

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies / Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Each day, Major League Baseball inches closer to returning. As experts and officials continue to consider ideas, they've come up with a new plan that could be less restrictive than previous pitches for the season's safe resumption.

The latest idea that's been reported would involve teams resuming their Spring Training at their home fields instead of being shipped off to Arizona or Florida, in an effort to limit travel (presuming their home fields would be utilized all year).

The plan hinges on the condition that baseball actually does return this year, and with experts claiming that could be doable, it seems this could very well be what happens. With that said, there's no guarantee yet. No official decisions have been made, and they likely won't be until the end of the month of May.

The change to home ballparks would prevent players from having to separate from their homes and families for weeks on end during a period where the virus' effect is being tempered, but isn't absent. It would also remove stress on hospitality workers in Florida (an area that remains hard-hit) and Arizona, as well as slice a bit of cost off the overall hotel and services budget, which MLB would surely enjoy.

As those plans continue to develop with the intent to save time and money, they're also negotiating with umpires and trying to work out what amounts to nearly 35% pay cut.

Major League Baseball is doing everything it can to find a way to bring fans the product they expect, but it has to be done in a mutually beneficial and safe way for everyone involved. However, with new plans like this, a feasible system seems to be closer to emerging with each passing day.