PORT ST. LUCIE — There was no talk of ramping it up from Brodie Van Wagenen on Saturday.
Only talk of ramping it down.
Players making the best decisions for themselves and their families. Players staying in shape, but no talk of game shape. Certainly a high majority of Mets will stay around Clover Park, simply because it’s convenient. Players want to stay engaged and many of them have homes in the area, similar to the Yankees’ situation in Tampa.
The Cardinals, who are in nearby Jupiter, sent their staff home, but have given players and coaches the option of staying. Essentially, think of this week coming up as early February and not mid-March.
Don’t expect this to be a brief pause to the season and games getting underway in April.
With MLB, you can’t look at what they say because everyone has their own agenda. You have to look at what they are doing. It’s clear all ballplayers have hit the brakes hard on their workouts, ramping everything down. From all indications and what teams are doing now, it appears that Memorial Day Weekend seems like a fine time to start the 2020 season.
If, and this is a big if, if things don’t get worse with the coronavirus…