In the wake of last week's news that the Toronto Blue Jays would not be allowed to play their home games in Canada this season, speculation started about where the team would play. Multiple options were thrown out there, including the team's Triple-A stadium in Buffalo or the Spring Training site in Dunedin, Fla.
One option that seemed to be gaining the most headway was Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Yes, it's currently occupied by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the two sides were reportedly trying to work out a deal to share the stadium for the season. It's a bit weird, but, it's 2020, nothing is weird anymore.
That plan ultimately won't happen, though, as the Pennsylvania Department of Health has decided to not allow the Blue Jays to play in Pittsburgh. That's a tough couple of days for the team, first their own country kicks them out and now Pittsburgh tells them to hit the streets.
Will Graves of the Associated Press reported the news this afternoon, quoting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine as saying, "To add travelers to this region for any reason, including for professional sports events, risks residents, visitors and members of both teams."
So now the Blue Jays are homeless yet again. And with just days until their first home game, they need to find a place to play stat.
The plan to play in Pittsburgh never made sense to me anyway. The whole point of having AL East teams play against NL East teams is to limit travel and interaction with other teams. If you had the Blue Jays play at PNC Park, they'd be sharing the stadium with an NL Central team, thereby undoing the whole point of the regional schedule.
Hopefully for the Blue Jays, they'll be able to find a home soon, even if it means settling for the subpar lighting in Buffalo.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.