NEW YORK (77 WABC) — While Major League Baseball is still deciding about its 2020 future, and with rising coronavirus cases in other parts of the country, Governor Cuomo said Saturday, the Mets and Yankees will hold spring training in their home stadiums.
“This is going to be a welcome Father’s Day gift,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said he’s hopeful that MLB will “start their season or part of a season.”
The governor said the league and players association is in conversations, and is expecting updates this week.
He said the state will review the Yankees and Mets protocols for spring training to “make sure they are doing it safely and appropriately.”
Now that all 30 teams have closed their spring training facilities amid COVID-19 spikes in Florida and Arizona, Cuomo said New York, once the worst state for the coronavirus, could house other teams.
“To the extent we can facilitate states and to the extent they want to be here because our transmission is going down, God bless. Please call. We’ll figure it out.”
Cuomo, who held a conference call, joked about speaking to the media a day after ending 111 straight briefings.
“I would have had you guys go cold turkey,” Cuomo chuckled, “but this announcement about the spring training camp is so exciting, I wanted to do it myself.”