PHILS WILL TRAIN AT CITIZENS BANK PARK — IF THERE IS A SEASON!

By Sam Bush

After Friday’s jarring news that players and staff at the Phillies Clearwater facility tested positive for COVID-19, Major League Baseball has come to its senses.

Even if it can’t yet come to a deal with its players to start the season.

Every MLB, except perhaps the Toronto Blue Jays, will train at its home ballpark, according to USA TODAY.

With travel restrictions still in place in Canada, the Blue Jays would seemingly need to remain in Dunedin, Florida.

MLB has had at least 12 major-league players and staff members test positive for COVID-19, and on Friday decided to immediately shut down all spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida.

The league ordered all facilities to undergo a deep clean. Five Phillies and a player from the Houston Astros tested positive this week, with three spring-training facilities closing Friday.

The timing of the outbreak comes at a time when MLB is scheduled to resume spring training in the next two weeks. Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to mandate a season on Monday if the owners and players don’t reach an agreement. The owners want a 60-game season, while the players are seeking a 70-game season.

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