Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet report that the Toronto Blue Jays will begin the 2021 MLB regular season playing “home” games at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, the Blue Jays’ spring training home. This move is due to pandemic border restrictions.
The Toronto Blue Jays, displaced once again by pandemic border restrictions, will open the 2021 season at their spring home in Dunedin, Fla., according to multiple industry sources.
The Blue Jays played their home games in Buffalo, NY (home of Toronto’s Triple-A franchise) during the pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB season, so this will extend a long absence from their real home.
While there’s hope the Blue Jays will be able to play in Toronto by mid-May, they will play home games in Dunedin for at least their first two homestands, according to Davidi and Nicholson-Smith. Those homestands are April 8-14 against the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees, and April 27-May 2 against the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.
TD Ballpark has the following dimensions (unless there are any adjustments made), which will be very appealing to left-handed hitters:
Left Field – 333 feet
Left-Center – 380 feet
Center Field – 400 feet
Right-Center – 363 feet
Right Field – 336 feet
The Blue Jays went 17-9 in Buffalo last season, and were a surprise representative in the expanded postseason field. This season, they’re expected to be very good (FanGraphs gives them 54.5% playoff odds at the moment), with improving — and very exciting — young talent, and the free-agent addition of slugger George Springer.