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The Toronto Blue Jays announced early Thursday that the team will start the 2021 season playing their home games at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, not at their home park in Toronto.
The team tweeted out the following about the move:
As is stated above, the Jays are working with the local government in Canada to try and get back into the Rogers Centre as soon as they possibly can.
Just 11 days before the Jays were slated to play their first game of the 60-game shortened slate last year, the team was denied a federal government exemption to stage MLB games at home.
The team ended up playing their home games in Buffalo at Sahlen Field, the home of the team’s Class AAA affiliate.
Though they never had a true ‘home field’ last season, the Jays played well, finishing third behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
Toronto went 32-28 overall, going 17-9 in their ‘home games’ in Buffalo.
It will be interesting to see how long it will take the team to get back into Canada and play games in their home stadium, or if the team is going to have to continue playing games in Florida for a good portion of the 2021 season.