Blue Jays Kicked Out of Canada for the 2020 Season

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Blue Jays Kicked Out of Canada for the 2020 Season

Chicago Cubs

Although the Toronto Blue Jays had been practicing, provisionally, at their home Rogers Centre in Toronto, they had long been awaiting official approval from the Canadian government to actually hold their season there. Today, that approval … did not arrive.

The Blue Jays won’t be playing in Canada this year:

Toronto had said yes to the Blue Jays, as had the province of Ontario. But the country says no. Given the state of the pandemic in the United States, it’s pretty hard to blame the Canadian government on this one. Even if the risk of relatively small groups of ballplayers, playing under very tight conditions, spreading the virus in a way that meaningfully impacts the country of Canada is pretty low, there are messaging considerations. And, at a national level, those messaging considerations can have a major long-term impact (oh, like, say, when the idea of masks gets shit on by national leaders for months and then you try in vein to unring that bell).

As for the Blue Jays, they say they’ll work now to find a new home for games for the abbreviated season:

Your good bet is that they’ll land in Buffalo, where their AAA affiliate resides, or Dunedin, where they spring. The weird and challenging season gets weirder and more challenging.

From here, MLB and its teams have to hope the state of the pandemic in this country doesn’t get even worse, such that localities in the United States start making these same kinds of decisions.

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.