Blue Jays Can’t Play Games in Canada Because of Pandemic
Major League Baseball’s plan to use all 30 home ballparks for a shortened, 60-game season met an immovable obstacle on Saturday: the Canadian government. The Toronto Blue Jays, the only team in the league that is based outside the United States, will not be allowed to stage home games during the coronavirus pandemic.
Marco Mendicino, Canada’s immigration minister, announced on Saturday that the government had turned down the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre, where their first game had been scheduled for July 29 against the Washington Nationals.
The Blue Jays have been training at home this month and had gotten permission from the city of Toronto and the province of Ontario to play games there. But the federal government ruled that the travel required to host 10 series involving eight visiting teams was not worth the risk.
[Source: New York Times]