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Blue Jays may use Bisons' ballpark for workouts

Omar Fetouh

As Major League Baseball plans an abbreviated 60-game season, the Toronto Blue Jays have yet to make a determination on where they will play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That has led to chatter the Jays could make Buffalo their home for the summer.

There has been speculation that Canada’s only MLB team might use Sahlen Field, the home of the Buffalo Bisons, for spring training and maybe even regular season competition. The Bisons are Toronto's AAA affiliate.

A spokesperson for the Blue Jays told WBFO there has been some “misreporting” about the possibility of the parent club playing here, but did say Buffalo may be utilized for substitute players, known as the "taxi squad," to work out.

The Blue Jays are still waiting on word from the Public Health Agency of Canada to see if they will be allowed to play in Toronto. Border restrictions are currently in effect until July 21, with only essential travel allowed, along with immediate family members who adhere to a 14-day quarantine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the final say on American professional sports teams traveling north will have to come from local health authorities.

The Bisons will not be playing at the downtown ballpark this summer, with no plans for minor league play in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

Ryan Zunner joined WBFO in the summer of 2018 as an intern, before working his way up to reporter the following summer.