The New York Yankees aren’t ready to go home.
According to player representative Zack Britton, Yankees’ players have unanimously voted to stay and continue working out at the team facility in Florida despite MLB canceling spring training and delaying opening day.
Yankees voted unanimously today to stay and work out in Tampa, Zack Britton said.— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) March 13, 2020
The news comes hours after Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association reportedly advised players to leave camp and return home.
In a memo released Friday, the MLBPA union did confirm that players would ultimately be permitted to remain in the area of their respective team’s spring training facility and continue working out if they so choose.
Official memo from union says this:— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 13, 2020
1. Players will be permitted to stay in the area of the Spring Training facility
2. Players will be permitted to travel to the Club’s home city
3. Players will be permitted to travel to their off-season home (or other location)
Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman reiterated that the decision lies with each individual player. If a player prefers to go home, he’s allowed to do so.
Britton says the decision was made during a meeting with every player currently at Yankees big league camp. The veteran reliever added that measures are being taken to ensure the clubhouse is “consistently decontaminated” so that players are not worried about the coronavirus.
The Yankees have agreed to provide breakfast ahead of the workouts, which Britton says will be structured but less organized than a typical spring training workout.
Zack Britton: "Guy want to win. Guys are here to win a World Series." #Yankees— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) March 13, 2020
The Yankees are the first team to fully commit to maintaining a “business as usual” approach.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, players at Padres big league camp are playing on staying. Though one player pointed out that’s the plan “for now.”
The Cubs will limit the amount of players at the facility each day out of public health concerns. David Ross and his staff will be heading home for the most part. The team has some local employees - pitching/hitting coaches, medical/training - on hand for optional activities.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) March 14, 2020
It will be interesting to see how other teams follow suit in the hours ahead.
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