(670 The Score) While uncertainty persists amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cubs outfielder Ian Happ believes MLB spring training and the regular season will start on time and that it’s the belief players across the league are operating under.
Spring training is schedule to begin in mid-February, while Opening Day is set for April 1. Happ is the Cubs' union representative.
“I’m very confident we’re going to start on time,” Happ said on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show on 670 The Score on Thursday. “I think that across the league, that’s what we’re all expecting and what we’d all like to happen. We want baseball back on time. We’ve proved the concept that we can play in the midst of a pandemic. We’ve set the blueprint, and guys just want to get going and have a full spring training to get ready and have a regular 2021 season – or as regular as we can.”
MLB recently released a statement affirming the original plan while acknowledging COVID-19 could still cause changes.
“We have announced the dates for the start of spring training and the championship season,” the league said, according to the Athletic. “As we get closer we will, in consultation with public health authorities, our medical experts and the Players Association, determine whether any modifications should be considered in light of the current surge in COVID-19 cases and the challenges we faced in 2020 completing a 60-game season in a sport that plays every day.”