MLB's Christian Yelich on OMF: It's 50/50 league plays this year

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By WEEI 93.7

It's been roughly a month since Major League Baseball shut down spring training and since there hasn't been much information as it relates to the 2020 regular season.

But, it's a topic that has been discussed, most recently ESPN's Jeff Passan writing the league could return some time in May with the entire league playing in Arizona.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Tuesday, 2018 National League MVP Christian Yelich checked in to give his thoughts on the proposal and if the league will come back at all.

Yelich said the plan to play in Arizona has its challenges including players being away from their families for so long, logistics of getting to and from fields, will there be enough tests, among others.

“I saw that last night, I think late last night was the first time I’d actually heard of that plan," he said. "I think a lot of guys have been talking about it today, obviously. I think there are a lot of challenges to that plan. I don’t think that is the plan that they are for sure going with. I could be wrong. I would have to look into it a little more, but it would definitely be challenging.

"Now, maybe that is something that we have to do just because of the times that we’re in, and if that is our only option to play then maybe it is our only option to play. I think there’s definitely a lot of hurdles and challenges that need to be talked through.”

Yelich added: “There’s a very real chance that we don’t play as much as there is that we do play. I would say it is probably 50/50.”

The outfielder hasn't heard anything formal from the Brewers, MLB or the union when it comes to a possible return date.

“Nobody really knows a start date or when that would even be a possibility, so that is the most challenging thing," Yelich said. "It is hard to plan for when we’re going to start when we don’t know when we are going to start and that impacts the schedule. There’s a lot of options and all this depends on when we’re able to start and really if we’re able to start.

“From the players point of view, we all want to play, obviously. But, we want to make sure it is safe and that it’s the right time to do it.”