It's a Step: the First MLB Team to Permit Players to Work Out at Their Spring Training Facilities

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It’s a Step: the First MLB Team to Permit Players to Work Out at Their Spring Training Facilities

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As more and more states open up more and more businesses, it was only a matter of time before an MLB team sought to have access to their facilities for players to train.

The first team has arrived:

To be sure, this is NOT the same thing as the kind of pre-Spring Training work you see, as it’s obviously much more limited than that. But it will allow for guys to start gearing up for a return to Spring Training if they don’t have those kinds of facilities otherwise available to them.

Since permission to do this must have come from Major League Baseball, itself, and since Arizona’s opening philosophy has been similar to that of Florida, I tentatively expect other teams will be following suit in the coming weeks.

As for whether this is a good sign about progress between the players and owners on a safe return to baseball, I wouldn’t go that far. Remember, everything is proceeding in a just-in-case manner right now, both on the operations side of things, and the health and safety side of things. The Marlins allowing their players to work out is very likely simply about them offering a just-in-case opportunity for players (if the negotiations go well, and if health and safety allow it, and if there is Spring Training II in June, then it would serve player physical health to allow them to start hitting and throwing off of mounds).

Let’s see if other teams follow the Marlins’ lead, and also how the Marlins are proceeding safely with respect to their facilities and player distancing.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.