Report: Blue Jays may play home games in Dunedin
The Toronto Blue Jays are facing uncertainty again when it comes to where they will play their home games for the 2021 season.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Blue Jays players have been advised to avoid signing long-term leases in Toronto due to uncertainty over whether the team will be able to start the season in Canada. If not, the team is poised to play regular season games in Dunedin, Fla., the site of their spring training complex.
The #BlueJays equipment truck is heading to Dunedin, Fla., but it may be summer until they bring equipment back to Toronto. Players have been advised not to sign long-term leases as they await word whether they can open the season in Canada. If not, Dunedin is the likely location https://t.co/gpkJJuQOXU
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 11, 2021
Travel between the United States and Canada remains difficult due to the pandemic. It’s not clear if MLB teams will receive approval to travel in and out of the Canada. The Toronto Raptors did not receive such approval, which is why they are playing their home games in Tampa this season.
This was a big issue for the Blue Jays during the offseason and it still hasn’t been resolved. Ultimately, it didn’t serve as an impediment to them signing the likes of George Springer, but it’s still a headache.