The Blue Jays are hoping to obtain approval from the Canadian authorities to return to Toronto for a homestand that begins on July 30, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi writes. The group submitted their proposal “in current weeks,” and officers from each the town of Toronto and the province of Ontario have okayed the idea.
Canada’s restrictions concerning COVID-19 quarantines can be eased (although not eradicated) on July 5 for vacationers returning throughout the border who’ve been totally vaccinated towards the coronavirus. As Davidi notes, non-vaccinated gamers on the Jays and different groups might doubtlessly face some sort of modified quarantine scenario — possible some sort of a bubble setting limiting them to touring to and from Rogers Centre and the group resort.
Crew president Mark Shapiro has mentioned that the group would require about three weeks to totally transfer operations from Buffalo to Toronto, although there’s some flexibility inside that timeframe. The Blue Jays are both on the street or off for a lot of the remainder of July, with a six-game homestand in Buffalo from July 16-21 representing their solely house dates till the thirtieth.
Evidently, the group and its gamers would immensely welcome a return to Rogers Centre after over one and a half seasons of nomadic baseball. The Blue Jays performed house video games in Buffalo throughout the abbreviated 2020 season, then used Dunedin as their house base in April and Might of this season earlier than returning to Buffalo on June 1. If approval isn’t granted in time for the July 30-August 8 homestand, the Blue Jays don’t have one other house date scheduled till August 20, when a seven-game stint towards the Tigers and White Sox will run till August 26.
Ought to the sooner approval develop into a actuality, nonetheless, July 30 will immediately stand out as one of many extra notable days in Jays historical past. Not solely will they lastly be again of their house ballpark, however the commerce deadline falls on that very same day, and the Jays have all of the makings of a group trying to purchase. It’s honest to imagine that the Blue Jays will take an aggressive strategy to the deadline with or with no Rogers Centre return slated for July 30, although touchdown a giant acquisition can be the icing on the cake for what can be a celebratory day for Toronto followers.