Toronto Blue Jays ‘Expected’ To Call Buffalo Home This Season
The Blue Jays will be migrating back to Buffalo, according to the organization's president.
The Toronto Sun reports Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said he "expects the Jays to go through a Dunedin-Buffalo-Toronto shuttle before the 162-game season is complete"
He added that he sees the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto "as the ultimate destination" for the team.
“I’m trying not to forecast what the scenarios are but am preparing for every scenario,” Shapiro told the Toronto Sun.
“I would say my honest view is that I still expect our season to be some combination of Dunedin, Buffalo and Toronto."
Shapiro is primarily concerned with moving the team back to its usual home base in Toronto, and said he will comment on whether or not fans will be allowed later.
“What has changed, in my mind, is I’m more optimistic we’ll get back to Toronto. I’m not at all talking about getting back to Toronto with fans. But I do think getting back to Toronto seems like a more realistic possibility. It certainly seems like one you would ask for.”
There are a lot of factors in play when it comes to timing out what the Blue Jays' season might look like. The largest factor is that the border between the United States and Canada remains closed to the general public, and under heavy restrictions for allowed travellers.
Shapiro commented that players and staff should be vaccinated by May 1.
“[It's] a very strong possibility that vaccines are going to be accessible to our players and staff in just a matter of weeks certainly starts that."
The Blue Jays will definitely begin their season with the first 12 home games at TD Ballpark.
The Toronto Sun suggests the team would likely stay at TD Ballpark through the end of May.
"The next home dates are from June 1-6, followed by a three-game series against the Yankees June 15-17. A move north to Buffalo would likely happen for one of those series." -Toronto Sun