Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Toronto Blue Jays spring training notes, dates and other stuff


Another Blue Jays season will soon be upon us and with the everchanging landscape due to Covid-19, it can get quite confusing as to what the schedules and time frames are currently. Note that it will always remain a fluid situation and is subject to change at a moments notice, but this is what we know at this time.

Feb. 17  Pitchers and catchers report for physicals, with workouts the following day

Feb. 21  Position players report for physicals with full team workouts the following day

Feb.27   First spring training game vs the Philles

Apr. 1    Opening day vs the Yankees in New York

Apr. 8    Home? opener vs The Angels

It's still being determined where exactly the Jays will be playing their home games but there's a strong suggestion that it'll be Dunedin. Buffalo is still in the mix but because of scheduling conflicts with the Bisons, it may not be doable. The dimensions of Dunedin are good and the lighting was scheduled to be upgraded before the 2020 season but was abandoned when the Jays chose Buffalo as a home park. It shouldn't be an issue to get the lighting done in time for the regular season.

As mentioned in the comment section yesterday, 7 inning doubleheaders and runner on second for extra innings, has been approved but no universal DH. The covid protocols are still being discussed and agreed to. Playoffs have been returned to the 10 team format after last years 16 team expansion