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Yankees, Mets to move spring training to New York City

Florida is turning back into a Covid-19 hot spot. We break down the latest news on the impact that is having on baseball.

General view of Yankee Stadium before batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The state of Florida has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases, and that might be resulting in shutting down Major League Baseball spring training before it can even restart. New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that the Yankees and Mets will be holding any eventual spring training in New York City at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Florida reported reported 4,049 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, setting a new record for the third straight day. On Friday, the Phillies shut down their facility in Clearwater, and that was followed shortly later by the Blue Jays doing the same thing in Dunedin. Other teams have released statements about not opening facilities for the time being.

MLB and the MLB Players’ Association have been negotiating for over a month now to try and get the 2020 season started. The economic bargaining has been the most public, but with Florida and other states seeing an upswing in positive Covid-19 tests, the health and safety issues are going to move to the forefront.