Arizona players will be able to start their training from now on | Jamie Sabau / .
Judging by recent moves, MLB teams are taking the first steps to play baseball in 2002. The Arizona Jingle Bells opened Chase Field for training with players preparing to restart the preseason, Arizona Sports confirmed.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the players had already returned to the spring facility at Salt River Fields for light practice.
Chase Field is now opening up to #Dbacks players for individual workouts. https://t.co/TUuMOZ5WAy
– 98.7 Arizona Sports (@AZSports) May 22, 2020
Opening two facilities to a limited number of players will allow more of them to train while practicing the league-mandated social distance guidelines and protecting themselves from the coronavirus.
The reopening of the Jingle Bells facility joins other major league teams, the Miami Marlins who were the first to do so this week.
This was stated by the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association in an interview that JIT reproduces in full. #MLB # ClassicWorldBaseball #USA #WBSC https://t.co/mhO1UySaDD
– JIT DIGITAL (@jit_digital) May 22, 2020
In the state of Arizona, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns earlier this week opened their temporary home, the “Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum” for their athletes. Similarly, the NFL Cardinals gave access to their base of operations in Tempe only for essential employees.