I totally get that there are planning wheels that need to be set into motion, and when you’re looking five months out in the future, you can do a little bit “this is our plan, subject to change” stuff.
So, I’m not bothered that the Chicago Cubs today announced their schedule for 2021’s planned Spring Training, but I am definitely going to emphasize the whole subject to change element.
Per the announcement, the Cubs (and MLB) are planning to kick off Spring Training games in late February, which would basically be normal timing for Spring Training, and would mean things have to get going with pitchers and catchers reporting in mid-February. Will we be in a place for that to happen by then? Maybe. Maybe not. I think it’s certainly possible that cases of COVID-19 could be in a better place by February, and I also think it’s possible widespread, accurate, rapid testing will make playing sports a whole lot more doable.