Chicago Cubs: MLB considering adding Texas to list of states

Globe Life Field, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Globe Life Field, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Cubs have Texas added to the list of states included. But safety is paramount, and several players have voiced concern over it.

The Chicago Cubs have added Texas to their list. Unfortunately, they might not be kosher with it. With being quarantined from family for at least five months or more, it might not be possible. According to CBS  Sports, Florida, Arizona and Texas have been put on the list of possibilities.

Adding a state might not seem like much with Arizona and Florida in the mix. And Texas appears to be smack dab in the middle of our country. But let’s be honest. If we’re not playing in the ‘home’ ballpark of every team? It’s not worth it.

The Players Union must agree to it. And, to be honest, it seems unlikely. The quarantine plus not being with family for five months–give or take? I just don’t see the point. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels have been the biggest proponents of it.

The three-state plan feels like a ‘no-go’ to me. Chase Field, Globe Life Park and Tropicana Field all have roofs. And MLB asking teams to ‘commute’ to Minute Maid Park and Miami Marlins Park is just not feasible. Especially with the coronavirus at its peak (Is it, though?)  No, sir.

So, in the end, I don’t know if they would do that. I do, however, see the television revenue being had–especially with a ‘wiped out year’ being on the forefront. Rob Manfred made a note of it with Fox Business. 

"“From our perspective, we don’t have a plan, we have lots of ideas, “What ideas come to fruition depends on what the restrictions are, what the public health situation is, but we are intent on the idea of making baseball a part of the economic recovery and sort of a milestone on the return to normalcy.”"

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Good for Manfred. He doesn’t have a plan. He’s got ideas. And he keeps building on that. That’s good. Look, I’ve looked down on Manfred before. But he comes up with ideas–not plans. He’s growing on me. Not in the way you think. He’s got a ways to go before that.