It took less than a week of the season for Major League Baseball to have a coronavirus crisis on its hands.
The governor on New York, who has been vocal about his desire to watch professional sports again, thinks he has a solution. During a Tuesday conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered up New York to teams in states struggling with outbreaks.
The Miami Marlins currently have at least a third of the team sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19. Other teams play in states that have become hotspots, but Cuomo pointed out New York has the lowest infection rate in the country - less than one percent Tuesday.
“New York State could host any Major League Baseball game that any teams want to play and they could play those games in our stadiums," Cuomo said.
The governor said the state would develop a new protocol. Currently there are two categories of people moving in and out of the state - travelers who are subject to a 14-day quarantine if they come from a hotspot state and essential workers who are exempt.
Cuomo said baseball players would be a third category.
"They could fly their team in on a private aircraft," he said. "They could go from the airport to a hotel where they would be quarantined. We would test everyone. We would get the test results back and then they could play ball in our stadium. Then they could get on a plane and fly home.”
The governor said it would be good for New York's economy to have more games played in the state, a neighborly gesture to state's dealing with the pandemic and good for the country's psyche to have more baseball to watch.
The Toronto Blue Jays will play their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo this year.