Blue Jays to play home games in Buffalo

Blue Jays to play home games in Buffalo”

An official familiar with the matter told the Associated Press the Blue Jays will play at Sahlen Field.

However, surging COVID-19 rates in Florida and a lack of space and lighting concerns in Buffalo raised questions about both those options, leading the Blue Jays to look at other major-league sites. The state of Pennsylvania nixed a deal to play in Pittsburgh.

Major League Baseball's nomadic Toronto Blue Jays finally found a home on Friday announcing they will play the greater part of their home schedule at Buffalo's Sahlen Field, the ballpark used by the club's Triple A minor league affiliate.

The Blue Jays open their 60-game season in Tampa Bay against the Rays on Friday with their first scheduled "home series" in Washington from July 29-30 against the Nationals. "This process has no doubt tested our team's resilience, but our players and staff refuse to make excuses".

Their first game at Sahlen Field is set for July 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY urged baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in a letter and call this week to pick Buffalo.

"I told my friend, commissioner Manfred, that not only is the city ready to welcome the team with wide-open arms, the partnership between Buffalo and the Blue Jays would be a home run for the city, the team, Major League Baseball and the local economy", Schumer said in a release.

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"It's not done yet, but I had a good conversation with the commissioner this morning, fingers crossed, fingers crossed, maybe we get the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo after all", Cuomo said. "We have the protocols in place, it will be done safely", Cuomo said. It was not immediately clear if Maryland turned down the Blue Jays amid a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Baltimore. Another bid to play ball at another major league park - Oriole Park at Camden Yards - also reportedly fell apart.

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