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NYC mayor: ‘It’s going to be awhile’ before fans return to Yankee Stadium

Major League Baseball continues to explore every possible option through which the 2020 season could be held in some manner. Regardless of what the league decides, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear Wednesday that baseball fans won’t be entering Yankee Stadium anytime soon.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” de Blasio indicated it will be months, if not longer, before Yankee Stadium — or presumably the New York Mets’ Citi Field as well — will be open to the public for ballgames.

“I think it’s going to be awhile,” de Blasio said. “I think that’s one of the things later in the trajectory.”

“That’s months away to begin with if we get all that right. You can’t have big crowds until you can prove that you’ve brought the disease down … and you’re holding there.”

MLB continues to deliberate how and when the 2020 season could get underway. Plans like holding all the games in Arizona — without fans, of course — have been floated. While each contingency explored obviously will include wholly imperfect components, it’s clear the league will attempt to do whatever it takes to hold some semblance of a season.

There are obvious pitfalls to the Arizona plan, including pushback from players over having to be quarantined for a lengthy amount of time without their families. That being said, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred indicated this week that beginning the season in any way, shape or form will not occur “until the public health situation is improved.”

Regardless of how things play out, including whether or not a season will in fact be held, de Blasio’s remarks certainly provide a sobering reminder that even if baseball does return, it will be in a form unlike anything fans have ever experienced.