All 30 MLB Clubs Will Resume Spring Training in Home Cities Due to COVID-19 Explosion in Florida, Arizona

All 30 MLB teams will resume Spring Training in their home cities.
All 30 MLB teams will resume Spring Training in their home cities. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

Though there's still a question mark regarding whether there will be an MLB season this year, players have been working out at their respective Spring Training facilities with the hope that an agreement between owners and the players association will ultimately be reached.

On top of the fraught negotiation process, the league has been forced to address a more concerning predicament as its two Spring Training host states, Florida an Arizona, have become two of the newest epicenters for the coronavirus.

As a result, all 30 clubs have decided to resume camp in their own home cities.

This news was expected as the league announced on Friday that it was shutting down its spring facilities in Florida and Arizona to foil the spread of COVID-19 after eight different Philadelphia Phillies employees -- five players and three staff members -- contracted the virus after an outbreak at their preseason complex in Clearwater, Florida.

The San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays were the next two clubs to close their respective camps in Scottsdale, Arizona and Dunedin, Florida after several players were reported to be experiencing symptoms of the virus.

The order will feature a deep cleaning, and will require all players and staff to undergo testing before being authorized to use the facilities when they re-open. It's not known when that will be, but choosing to resume Spring Training in home cities appears to be the safest move for the time being.