Providing there isn’t a snag in health and border issues adding another delay, the Blue Jays hope to hit the Rogers Centre field on Monday to begin preparations for the 2020 MLB season.
And when pitchers take the mound and batters get behind the plate, it will end the longest drought of the team’s inactivity in the history of the downtown dome.
What will follow is a rush to prepare for an expected July 24 season opener in Tampa Bay, the beginning of a 60-game schedule planned around the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
When last we saw the Jays in action in Florida, spring training was shut down before the calendar even turned to spring. Since that mid-March closure, most players ramped down their preparation as the season was delayed first by the virus and then with a senseless, drawn out labour squabble.