Many positive COVID-19 tests have been announced across the sports world on Friday, and that includes Major League Baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies closed their facility in Clearwater, FL after five players and three staffers tested positive for COVID-19. The Toronto Blue Jays closed their facility in Dunedin, FL after a player showed COVID-symptoms. And the San Francisco Giants closed their facility in Scottsdale, AZ after people that had been at the facility showed symptoms (additionally, the Houston Astros had a player test positive for COVID-19 at their facility in West Palm Beach, FL).

Following the closing of three camps, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB is “strongly considering” shutting down all 30 camps “to cleanse and re-establish a system in which players will test regularly when they return.”

With a spring training 2.0 likely needing to be 3-4 weeks (likely closer to four weeks of time overall when factoring in players and staff needing to report to camp), the decision to shut down facilities could delay the start of a 2020 MLB season even more.

The COVID-19 cases are surging in Arizona and Florida right now, which are of course the locations for all 30 MLB camps. And with that in mind, the New York Mets are considering having their camp at Citi Field (their home stadium) instead of Port St. Lucie FL, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Additionally, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Chicago Cubs have preferred using Wrigley Field — instead of Mesa, AZ — for their camp anyway, and the Arizona rise in COVID-19 cases should only increase the Cubs’ preference to just do it at Wrigley.

Throughout their planning stages, the Cubs preferred to use Wrigley Field as the base for their next training camp. While Sloan Park and the Nike Performance Center would make social distancing easier, being there would also mean regularly working out in 100-degree heat. Chicago made sense as the gathering point before playing a regional schedule, providing a more comfortable option for players and their families.

Arizona’s emergence as a coronavirus hotspot would have made that decision for the Cubs, anyway. The state’s health services department reported 3,246 new cases Friday, a record number. The 2,519 new cases reported Thursday had been the single-day high. Of the 46,689 reported cases in Arizona, more than 55 percent have been traced to Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and other Cactus League locales.

Now, the next question becomes- how would you handle spring training games if teams are hosting camp at their regular ballparks? Are those exhibition games significantly limited, and teams just play a lot of intrasquad scrimmages for a few weeks?

Oh, and then there’s the whole thing about how MLB and the Players Association still haven’t even agreed on a deal for the 2020 season. Here are some new details that have emerged Friday night on those (going-nowhere) negotiations:

Update: Ken Rosenthal and Bob Nightengale tweeted on Friday night that MLB is indeed closing all spring training sites in Arizona and Florida.

Update II: According to Bob Nightengale, every team will indeed have spring training camp at their home ballpark.

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