Phillies’ Aaron Nola on 2020 MLB Season: ‘Wherever They Want to Play, I’ll Play’
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The 2020 Major League Baseball season was supposed to begin on March 26.
“It’s going to be hot either way,” Nola told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers on Friday. “It’ll be hot here in Florida. It’ll be hot in Arizona. I don’t mind the humidity more than the dryness. Wherever they want to play, I’ll play.”
The 26-year-old All-Star also commented on whether MLB could successfully quarantine all 30 clubs:
“I don’t know. Only God knows what this is going to come to and when it’s going to end. I feel like the first part is staying safe. We all want to play, but safety is first. As time goes on, we’re going to get more answers, and hopefully they become more obvious, and this pandemic begins to pass.”
Major League Baseball was reportedly considering opening the season “as early as May” by playing in isolation at empty stadiums in Phoenix and its surrounding areas, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan on April 6.
“Ballparks in St. Petersburg (Florida), Phoenix (Arizona), and Arlington (Texas) each have roofs, retractable or otherwise, that would safeguard against rainouts and other extreme weather, allowing for multiple games to be hosted at those sites per day. Theoretically, MLB could also ask teams stationed in Florida and Texas to drive three-plus hours to other MLB parks (Houston‘s Minute Maid Park and Miami’s Marlins Park).
MLB has not confirmed a specific plan to return to play.