After a number of Main League Baseball groups reported constructive coronavirus checks for gamers and employees members, the Yankees and Mets determined to maneuver their preseason coaching from Florida, the place instances have been spiking, to their house stadiums in New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced on Saturday afternoon.
The announcement got here quickly after M.L.B. quickly closed all of its spring coaching services, that are in Florida and Arizona, for deep cleanings and requested folks to be examined for the virus earlier than returning.
5 groups — the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Angels, the San Francisco Giants, the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros — have confirmed that gamers, different staff or folks related to them had examined constructive or exhibited signs of Covid-19, the illness brought on by the coronavirus.
M.L.B. suspended its spring coaching on March 12 and indefinitely postponed the beginning of the common season. However because the league and its gamers’ union lately appeared to make progress of their protracted talks over returning to the sector — with the common season presumably beginning in July — some gamers returned to the coaching services for restricted, voluntary exercises.
The Yankees’ spring coaching facility is in Tampa, Fla., and the Mets’ is in Port St. Lucie.
Whereas Florida has reported a file variety of new instances three days in a row, together with 4,049 on Saturday, the variety of new instances in New York has tapered off because it peaked in April, with the governor reporting solely 716 on Saturday.
Mr. Cuomo mentioned Mets gamers would start to coach subsequent week at Citi Area in Queens. It was unclear when the Yankees would arrive at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx, however the group confirmed that the stadium would change into its preseason coaching website.
Not like different sports activities leagues, such because the N.B.A. or M.L.S., which deliberate to renew play in sequestered bubbles close to Orlando, M.L.B. has been aiming to play its common season at its house stadiums.