That is a sad image right there. Frazier’s head is down and shoulders slumped. He and Wade probably have a million thoughts going through their mind as both were battling for a roster spot. As Hoch said, many other players were spotted leaving the facilities today.
I’m trying to put myself in their shoes on what I would do based on the options given to players.
Option 1: Stay in spring training city and receive the normal living allowances, even if you don’t go to the field.
— This option is attractive for younger or international guys who don’t have a better place to go. It’s nice players will still get living allowances; big name players don’t have to worry about it but that’s huge for many of them.
Option 2: Go to club’s home city.
— New York City isn’t so hot right now. I have to be here since I live and work here, but if I had the choice of staying at the team facilities in Tampa or going home to a location that is not NYC, I’d choose one of those.
Option 3: Go home. But players’ whose homes are out of the country are being encouraged to stay in the U.S., since they could have trouble returning.
— Home seems like the winner. If your home is outside the US then it’s wise to just stay in Tampa or go crash with a teammate if they’ll allow it. Maybe a few of the guys are pooling money for a bachelor pad while we all wait for updates.
It’s Day 1 of the baseball hiatus and I’m S-T-R-U-G-G-L-I-N-G.
Update – 5:30pm
It turns out the Yankees are choosing option 1! The previous tweet from Hoch made it seem like some players had decided to go home, but according to George King, the Yankees voted and agreed as a team to stay and work out. It will be interesting if teams are given any more guidance as more information on Coronavirus becomes available. As of now they have the option, but that might change.
Yankee players vote unanimously to remain in Tampa and work out according to Zack Britton.