Due to the Coronavirus ravaging America, the Canadian government will not let the Blue Jays play baseball in Toronto because all of the American teams traveling into Canada. An alternate site is their Florida spring training complex — which completed a $100-million renovation — but that state is in the height of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The next choice is the home of their Triple-A club Buffalo Bisons at Sahlen Field, but the amenities may not be up to “Major League Baseball standards.” I’ve been to their open house and can see that, but, come on — it’s for only 30 home games.
This season MLB is having a game played at the Field of Dreams near Dyersville, Iowa — in a cornfield. A cornfield is up to major league standards?
Also, since 2017 MLB has hosted a game at Bowman Field for the Little League Classic where the Williamsport Crosscutters play in the (soon-to-be defunct) New York-Penn League. That stadium isn’t too different than Dwyer Stadium and the league converts that field into “major league standards” for their games.
MLB: You have made exceptions for special events ... this is a hopefully once-in-a-lifetime season.
Toronto: You owe Buffalo for those six Bills games played in your city.
Buffalo: For the first time since 1885 you can host Major League Baseball!
Governor Cuomo: Your father would have loved to see this happen. He helped finance Pilot Field! He loved baseball! You can throw out the first pitch too.
Let’s work together to play Blue Jays baseball in Buffalo!