That will no longer be the case. After conversations between MLB and the players’ union, the players were empowered to make the decisions they deem best. Many players had reportedly expressed concern over staying in Florida or Arizona and wanted to be with their families.
“I think everyone understands the circumstances,” Anthopoulos said earlier in the day. “Nobody has ever faced anything like this. Things are fluid and things are changing.”
Given the time it takes players, and specifically pitchers, to ready for the regular season, it’s become increasingly more likely the season is delayed beyond two weeks. MLB’s announcement meant April 9 was the earliest possible start date, but with some athletes now leaving their spring-training sites, that possibility is extremely unlikely.