Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood is all for getting games going as soon as the world is ready. Like most ballplayers, he has spent his last few weeks at home trying his best to stay in shape. Wood is still in Arizona and spent some time talking with Andy McCullough of The Athletic this week.
The Arizona Plan is, depending on your perspective, a ray of light during a moment of national disillusionment or a dystopian experiment with harrowing downsides.
We talked to a bunch of players about it.
“I think it will be really hard to pull off."https://t.co/QhwF6zHowP
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) April 8, 2020
When asked about MLB’s reported plans to have teams play all games in Arizona, Wood knew right away that there would be issues.
I personally don’t think that everyone would go for it. I think (the Arizona plan is) a possibility if we know for certain that that’s the only way we can play baseball. Does that make sense? I don’t have kids or anything like that. I’m down for whatever. I just want to play ball.
The difference between the Dodgers’ Alex Wood and the guys around the league who are not all in on this plan is often that the other guys have kids. Having to be away from your family for a few straight months is difficult, but it may be the only option for baseball right now.
Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox probably said it best when talking about the potential of playing games isolated from the outside world
I don’t know if I could look at my kids just through a screen for four or five months. The same thing goes for my wife, not being able to be around her. That’s a long time. But people have done it in harsh scenarios, I guess.
That’s the general sense we have seen from players across MLB, including the Dodgers. A mix of excitement and apprehension defines a plan that MLB has already denied being a part of. Of course players want to get out and play baseball, but there are too many question marks from the onset to have camps going by May.
Angels’ manager Joe Maddon also brings up a good point about playing all games in Arizona.
I’ll do anything. I’ll play on the moon, I don’t care. Whatever the schedule looks like, I’m good. The only thing about Arizona is that it’s going to be really hot. Even at night, it’s going to be really hot. Those games will be tough. You’re talking 100-degree tough. That’s the part that concerns me.
Whatever the case, I would not get too excited about the reported discussions just yet. This plan needs some work, and I cannot see every problem that goes along with it being solved fast enough to get camps started by May.