Rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, but there is the potential for the San Diego Padres season to begin on July 1.
I need to preface this with that everything you read on the internet cannot be taken as gospel. In a time where baseball fans are starving for the regular season, it’s easy to believe anyone with a verified checkmark on Twitter. That said, the latest rumor to surface is that the San Diego Padres – as well as all of MLB – season will begin on July 1.
Per the tweet above, Spring Training would resume on June 10, which would allow approximately three weeks for all teams to prepare for a July start. There’s also the note that all teams would play at their own ballparks.
This is quite different from the previous proposals we have seen from MLB. The first was having an all Arizona season, where Pheonix and the surrounding area would become the hub for MLB this year. There was also the Cactus and Grapefruit League idea where teams in those respective spring training leagues would play their games against only teams in that league.
And then there was the three-state notion with Arizona, Texas, and Florida playing host for MLB this year. I’d love to know what sources the tweet is coming from. Obviously, if true, that’s huge for baseball fans, assuming it is safe to resume activities. More and more states have begun to relax the stay-at-home orders, so I think it’s only a matter of time before MLB resumes.
However, putting an actual date to the start of the season makes it seem more real. Let’s just hope the rumor is accurate.