New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have announced his support last Saturday that the Yankees and Mets would gladly hop in the train from the state if Major League Baseball attempts to resume after the 3-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both teams have expressed their confirmation of the decision of Gov. Cuomo, who said he’d like to stop by and take a peak during their practices and trainings. Gov. Cuomo is very supportive with the mentioned teams.
“I think New York now is especially attractive, compared to the other states, because we have such a low transmission rate, and this is a state that is ready, willing and able to partner with sports teams so that they can play,” Cuomo said in a conference call.
The Yankees initially planned to hurdle their body for conditioning and crack their bones to their spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., however the Sunshine State has seen a recent rise in positive tests for the coronavirus. Still, no confirmation was released if they will still pursue their plans or temporarily relocate their training ground.
On the flip side, the Mets were still puzzled and undecided between New York and their training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.. Currently, they’ll train at Citi Field while the Yankees will be at Yankee Stadium.
“As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon, the New York Yankees will hold a potential spring training resumption at Yankee Stadium,” the Yankees said in a statement. “We will continue to follow Major League Baseball’s guidelines and protocols, and we will vigilantly work with Governor Cuomo, Mayor (Bill) de Blasio and their health authorities, as well as with federal officials and Major League Baseball’s own medical and infectious disease experts, to ensure our facility maintains the best possible safety standards.
“The health and safety of our players, staff and employees, and of their respectively families, will always be our top priority.”
Gov. Cuomo said he really loved the idea of the local teams are doing their training in New York. As an avid fan, Cuomo is willing to help and support the teams and give the best treatment they can offer. Also, both of teams were delighted to conduct their trainings in New York City. As of now, they are having their respective training ground.
“To have spring training in New York, that is a really great development,” Cuomo said. “It’s where I think they should always be, obviously. But in a bleak time, and in a season that obviously has had significant hurdles to deal with, to have a spring training quick camp in New York, that is the first bit of really good news when it comes to baseball that we’ve had in a long time.”
Meanwhile, states like Florida and Arizona’s coronavirus cases infections are currently climbing in. This led to the decision of Major League Baseball to temporarily suspend all spring training sites to have them undergo thorough cleaning, multiple media outlets reported late Friday night. The MLB also rescheduled their matches and still on the process of drafting their final plan for resumption.
Another sad news erupted last Friday that the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants shut down their training facilities due to positive tests for the coronavirus, and the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels announced that players had contracted COVID-19. The spread of the deadly virus at baseball facilities coincides with the drastic increase of cases in both Florida and Arizona.