Created: May 13, 2020 10:39 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Isotopes are in a state of limbo while they wait on the MLB to come up with a solid plan to reopen their season.
Isotopes General Manager John Traub said the 'topes have been going over scenarios when they get the word to move forward.
"We are currently working on a couple of re-opening plans ourselves for the ballpark. You know, short term—should we play in July or whatever, you know, what is the short term opening look like? What is the long-term opening look like—all the vast changes that have to be implemented," Traub said.
One of those potential plans for many leagues and teams is playing the games with no fans in the stands. Traub said that doesn't make any sense at the minor or major league level of play.
"I do not see a scenario where games would be played at Isotopes Park with no fans in the stands," he said. "That does not make sense for a business perspective for us. We'd certainly be taking on the expenses of traveling and everything that goes with that, and not having any revenue or income coming in—that's not a good situation. It would make it even more tenuous than it already is."
Traub adds that the Isotopes organization has been helping the community during the pandemic by volunteering at Road Runner Food Bank, feeding truck drivers and supplying masks for workers on the front line.
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