After MLB swiftly downplayed its Arizona relaunch plan, a new idea has emerged in an attempt to bring baseball back as soon as possible in 2020, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

The league has discussed using Arizona and Florida, which host MLB’s spring training games, as dual hubs for a regular season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Teams would be restricted to their respective spring homes and the surrounding ballparks, meaning no travel between the two regions.

Unlike the Arizona Plan, which was slated for May according to multiple reports, no specific timeline was mentioned by USA Today. Nor did the MLB official, who leaked the plan under the condition of anonymity, walk through the logistical hurdles needed to keep both baseball staff and the public safe during the ongoing pandemic in either state.

However, in keeping with current social distancing guidelines, games would be played without fans.

This plan would temporarily upend the longstanding American and National League structure, including the regional divisions, forming new ones based on proximity between spring facilities. The eight American League teams and seven National League teams who hold spring training in Florida would be in the Grapefruit League, and the eight NL teams and seven AL teams that train in Florida would form the Cactus League.

One possible realignment structure, according to the USA Today, would keep a three-division format in each league. The Red Sox would be in a division with the Twins, Rays, Braves and Orioles.

USA Today reports that the DH would be implemented across all 30 teams, removing one of the last distinctions between the AL and NL.

The winners of the Cactus and Grapefruit League could play each other in a World Series at a domed location. The report also mentioned the possibility of an expanded postseason tournament with additional wild cards, or even all 30 teams.

There are two distinct advantages to MLB’s latest leak over the previous Arizona-only plan, though none of which appear to be explicitly public health-related.

First, playing in different time zones, with more parks available, would simplify TV scheduling. Including all the extra Florida ballparks, which include the Marlins and Rays’ domed homes, would reduce the amount of doubleheaders.

Second, every team would have the convenience of playing near their spring training facilities, adding some normalcy to a year upended by an unprecedented global pandemic.

USA Today reported that it is currently unclear whether players and the thousands of other workers needed to operate a game and season would need to be quarantined outside the confines of a ballpark. The official told USA Today that this plan is one of many and would only launch with backing from health and government leaders.

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