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South Florida's new stay-at-home order could make early-June start for baseball difficult

Added 03-30-20 06:25:01pm EST - “South Florida is on lockdown through the middle of May, making it tough for baseball to start just two weeks later.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “South Florida’s new stay-at-home order could make early-June start for baseball difficult”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TAMPA — Ron DeSantis just threw a curveball into hopes that baseball could possibly return from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown by early June. The Florida governor announced Monday he would be signing an executive order urging those in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties — the spring training homes of four major league teams — to stay home through “mid-May” to try and stem the spread of the disease through social distancing. 

The uncertainty of when Florida could be open again for baseball just adds another twist to when baseball will be able to reassemble for an abbreviated spring training.

While MLB had officially pushed back the start of the regular season for at least eight weeks on March 16, several sources in major league baseball have hinted that they hoped to have games back up and running by June 1. 

Until these "Safer at Home” orders are lifted, however, teams would not be able to hold workouts with more than 10 players or restart spring training without an exemption. 

WIth New York becoming the biggest hotspot for the disease in the country and other cities projected to go through similar outbreaks in the near future, there had been suggestions that the regular season could be started at spring training sites. 

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