Yankees' Adam Ottavino Supports MLB Arizona Season

John Healy
April 07, 2020 - 5:12 pm

Major League Baseball is continuing to explore different ideas on how it can play the 2020 season, and on Tuesday a report surfaced that the league was exploring to have every team gather in Arizona to play out the season.

While MLB quickly issued a rebuttal that no detailed plan was in place, Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino said he would be on board should that be the route the league chooses to go.

“I’ve seen [the Arizona idea]. I don’t have any good insight but I would be in the camp of supporting the idea,” he said, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. “I’m sure a lot would have to go right for it to actually happen, but I’m hoping it can work because I want to play.”

While Ottavino is just one player who is throwing his support behind the idea, it received a mixed bag of reviews from baseball fans on social media.

The report stated that under this discussed proposal, there would be no fans in attendance, mound visits between the pitcher and catcher would be eliminated, an electronic strike zone would be implemented, rosters would be expanded and players and coaches would sit spaced apart in the seats instead of the dugout.

Because the teams would be centrally located in Arizona and would not travel outside the state, many players could go up to four-and-a-half months without seeing their families.

While Ottavino is on board, this could cause other players to be resistant into fully buying into such a plan.

One example is Ottavino’s teammate, Gerrit Cole — whom Ottavino was throwing with over the weekend — could potentially miss the birth of his first child he and his wife are expecting in June, Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News noted.

Ottavino may be on board, but MLB likely still has a long way to go before implementing any sort of plan for the 2020 season.