Three-time American League MVP Mike Trout doesn't want to miss his age-28 season, one where he can continue to add to a growing case to be the greatest player in the history of the sport. He also doesn't want to miss a chance to hit in a lineup that now includes Anthony Rendon.
But there appears to be a limit to how far Trout is willing to go to play baseball in 2020.
"Being quarantined in a city - if we play a couple months there - would be difficult for some guys," Trout said to Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live Wednesday. "What are you going to do with family members? My wife is pregnant - what am I going to do when she goes into labor? Am I going to have to quarantine for two weeks when I come back? Obviously I can't miss that, it's the birth of our first child. So, there's a lot of red flags...there's a lot of questions...obviously, we would have to agree on it as players. But I think the mentality is we want to get back as soon as we can, but obviously it's got to be realistic. We can't be just sitting in our hotel rooms and just going from the field to our hotel room and not being able to do anything...I think that's pretty crazy."
Earlier this week, ESPN's Jeff Passan said that he got the sense that the 2020 MLB season, at least to start, may be "Arizona or bust." Last week, Passan broke some of the details of a potential Arizona plan, which could begin with a preseason in mid-May and a start to the regular season in June or July.
As appealing as that may sound, part of the deal also appears to be that players "would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel only to and from the stadium." Trout has now voiced displeasure with this part of the proposal, and so has Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler, whose wife is due to give birth in July.
The interesting part about Trout's answer is that he didn't seem to have reservations about the Arizona proposal - or any that would involve players being cut off from the public altogether - simply because his wife is pregnant. While there may be some, like Atlanta Braves' lefty Cole Hamels, willing to make gigantic sacrifices for there to be a 2020 season, many players simply won't be willing to agree to any plan that sequesters them like jurors in a high-profile case.
For what it's worth, Dr. Anthony Fauci did voice support for a plan Wednesday that would involve playing games without fans and players being isolated at their hotels when games aren't being played. While that may be valid from a medical standpoint, getting enough players on board with such a proposal may be too tall of a task.