Could Padres Have New Division Rivals in Shortened 2020 Season?

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 17: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 17, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 17: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 17, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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In the latest idea for a shortened 2020 season the San Diego Padres could have an entirely different-looking division to play in.

A report from Bob Nightengale of the USA Today notes that MLB is considering a plan for each team to play at their spring training home, which means the San Diego Padres would be playing in Arizona.

That’s not much different than the other plan that was talked about recently, but in this plan the Padres would only play teams in the Cactus League during the regular season.

And in doing so, they would potentially switch up the divisions.

In the article by Nightengale, the Padres would be a division with the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals.

That sounds pretty nice as the Brewers would be the only real threat with the Mariners, Rangers, and Royals all rebuilding.

But I also don’t understand why they don’t keep all the NL West teams together since they all play in Arizona. Maybe the teams aren’t as close — I’m not aware of the locations in Arizona for every team.

The major advantage to doing this would be that every team gets to play in a place where they’re familiar and comfortable.

However, I’m still not sure how you quarantine everyone, especially in Florida where the stadiums are more spread out.

I don’t like this plan nearly as well as the one with all of the teams playing in Arizona. But this continues to show me that baseball is working hard to find a way to get a season in and they’re looking at several different angles.

It also just confirms the notion that we could see some wacky things happen in a shortened season this year.

Whatever a 2020 season may look like, I don’t really care at this point. If they can make it safe for the players and anyone else that needs to be there to make sure these games can be televised, then I’m all for it seeing it happen.

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