In light of all the uncertainty involved at the moment, this makes a great deal of sensePlayers are being sent home from spring training camps — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
This morning various team officials around baseball said that the plan was to keep spring training facilities open and for players to continue to come in, work out and train, at least at some level. After a day of meetings between the league and union officials that has changed. Players are now going home.
That’s the word from Jon Heyman, who says that an agreement has been reached between MLB and the MLBPA to that end. It’s possible, Heyman says, that some could remain, but formal workouts will not be held.
Underlying all of this, obviously, is the uncertain amount of time until play actually resumes — people inside the game are now saying that it’ll be no sooner than May — and the fact that players are concerned about their families and want to be home with them.
Given this development, it would also seem likely that before the season can begin, a second spring training will have to take place to get players back into game shape. Such mini-camps were held in the past after the resolution of work stoppages, usually lasting a week or two.