Dodgers players are trying to keep busy with the 2020 season delayed due to the coronavirus.
Everyone is looking for creative ideas to keep in touch with friends and family while following strict social distancing guidelines. Baseball players on the Dodgers are no different.
Several members of the Los Angeles Dodgers roster were seen participating in a Zoom game night through Instagram on Monday night.
It was unclear what game they were playing. With everyone able to see themselves on the screen, we can at least rule out the possibility of them playing headbands.
Around the same time the Dodgers were engaged in their remote game night, rumors began to circulate that Major League Baseball is considering a plan to start the season as early as May by playing games in Arizona, with players and team personnel sequestered to the area and games being held without fans across the ten Cactus League stadiums, as well as Chase Field and other nearby venues.
On Tuesday morning, MLB issued a statement downplaying the prospect of playing games anytime soon. While acknowledging all options are being considered, the statement said, “we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state, and local officials, or the Players Association.”
A report by Ken Rosenthal this morning adds to the original ESPN report by indicating that some leading members of three federal agencies are in favor of starting the season in Arizona, with a plan to keep players separated in the dugout.
There are several obstacles to playing games in Arizona, where it is still unclear when the pandemic will be under control, like everywhere else. Players would be asked to separate from their families and there are logistical nightmares to coordinating player movement between hotels and stadiums.
Until everything gets figured out, it is good to see Dodgers players are keeping in touch through creative avenues.