While MLB, the players’ association, health officials and other interested parties continue to discuss a potential return of baseball in the upcoming weeks, the New York Yankees are concentrating in establishing policies intended to make sure players, staffers, coaches and employees are safe in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s been the mission plan, focusing on how we as an industry create a safe environment, because that’s the only way it’s going to work,” general manager Brian Cashman said this week. “Every business out there is coming up with new best practices, researching as much as they possibly can about the best hygiene care moving forward in terms of cleaning their facilities and maintaining a safe and healthy environment.”
And, as baseball is getting closer to a return (one of the proposals has July 4th as the potential date for the start of the regular season) Cashman and other members of the New York Yankees’ front office have stayed in touch with manager Aaron Boone via video chats to talk details about the season.
Boone, meanwhile, has been communicating frequently with his players and coaches to relay that institutional information. Players are at their homes waiting for MLB to tell the Yankees and the other 29 teams that it is safe to play again.
Some Yankees opted to stay in the spring training complex
A few Yankees’ players, such as rehabbing starter Luis Severino and sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton opted to stay in the Yankees’ spring training complex, George Steinbrenner Field, getting ready for the hypothetical start of the season. Others, like Miguel Andújar, J.A. Happ, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Tyler Wade stayed close, in Florida.
According to the Yankees’ GM, the players are “eager” to reunite and return to the diamond, as reported by MLB.com.
“From the Yankees’ perspective, I think we have a really talented group that is definitely focused on trying to be the best team in the game,” Cashman said. “I think our guys are hungry and regardless of the amount of games played. If put in the position to do so, they’re going to compete in the best of their ability because they want what they feel they’re capable of achieving, which is a championship.
“I know our players … all share a common trait, which is they are hungry to compete and they love playing in this environment of New York. I can tell you, they’re daydreaming every day about finding a way to get back to this circumstance, if it’s practical.”