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 workforce 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 relating to COVID-19 quarantines shall be eased (although not eradicated) on July 5 for Canadian residents who’ve been absolutely vaccinated towards the coronavirus and are returning throughout the border. As Davidi notes, non-vaccinated gamers on the Jays and different groups may probably face some kind of modified quarantine scenario — doubtless some kind of a bubble setting limiting them to touring to and from Rogers Centre and the workforce lodge.
Group president Mark Shapiro has stated that the group would require about three weeks to totally transfer operations from Buffalo to Toronto, although there may be some flexibility inside that timeframe. The Blue Jays are both on the highway or off for a lot of the remainder of July, with a six-game homestand in Buffalo from July 16-21 representing their solely residence 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 residence video games in Buffalo in the course of the abbreviated 2020 season, then used Dunedin as their residence 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 residence 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 turn into a actuality, nevertheless, July 30 will instantly stand out as one of many extra notable days in Jays historical past. Not solely will they lastly be again of their residence ballpark, however the commerce deadline falls on that very same day, and the Jays have all of the makings of a workforce seeking to purchase. It’s truthful 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.