The first step in a return to normalcy for baseball is almost here in Los Angeles. While the league and player’s union struggle to find a way to get the financials out of the way, Dodger Stadium got some good news.
Just a few weeks ago, Governor Newsom made it seem like there was no way professional sports games were going to be played in California. COVID-19 numbers in the state were on the rise for months, forcing the closure of the entire state. Fortunately, it seems like things have changed. It was announced this week that effective Friday, pro-league arenas without audiences would be allowed to open. That includes Dodger Stadium.
LA County: Gyms, fitness facilities, pro-league arenas without audiences, day-camps, museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, campgrounds, outdoor rec areas and hotels are allowed to reopen on June 12.
The announcement follows report of 61 COVID-19 deaths and 1,275 new cases.
— Colleen Shalby (@CShalby) June 10, 2020
So while the Dodgers may not be able to get onto the field without a new agreement, at least we know they’ll be able to play at Dodger Stadium. MLB and the player’s association have gone back and forth for the last few weeks trying to nail down financial details.
The MLBPA sent back a counteroffer to the league owners earlier this week, offering an 89 games season. This comes just a few days after it was announced that league owners wanted to keep the season around 50 games. We still have a long way to go until we get baseball going again at Dodger Stadium.