Mets and Yankees to begin spring training in NY: Cuomo

NEW YORK (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The Yankees and Mets baseball teams will hold spring training in New York this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The Yankees will conduct spring training at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and the Mets will conduct it at Citi Field in Queens. The Mets will host a soft opening this week for players who want to begin preparing. The teams will work with the State of New York to ensure proper health and safety protocols, Cuomo said.

"COVID-19 has disrupted so many of the traditions New Yorkers know and love, and our inability to root for our home teams has been acutely felt all throughout this crisis," Cuomo said. "Thanks to New Yorkers' incredible efforts to slow the spread, we've determined it's possible for the Yankees and the Mets to safely conduct spring training in the state this year and are thrilled to begin reopening America's national pastime right here in New York. In a bleak time and in a season that obviously had significant hurdles to deal with, to have a spring training camp in New York is the first bit of really good news when it comes to baseball that we've had in a long time." 

Yesterday, the Long Island Ducks announced it expects to release a game schedule next week to begin a delayed season in mid-July (read related article here). The team's home games are played at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.

Also today, Cuomo said New York City will enter Phase Two of reopening on Monday and the Mid-Hudson region remains "on track" to enter Phase Three on Tuesday. Earlier this week, Cuomo said Long Island remains "on track" to begin Phase Three on Wednesday (read related article here).

Yesterday, there were 24 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State.

Long Island experienced a small increase in the percentage of positive tests yesterday. "Long Island was 1.1 which is up a tick but nothing extraordinary," Cuomo said. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows: 

REGION

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

New York City

1.00%

1.10%

1.10%

Capital Region

0.40%

1.00%

0.70%

Central New York

3.00%

1.30%

0.60%

Finger Lakes

1.00%

1.00%

1.10%

Long Island

0.70%

0.80%

1.10%

Hudson Valley

0.60%

1.10%

1.10%

Mohawk Valley

1.30%

1.50%

1.80%

North Country

0.10%

0.10%

0.40%

Southern Tier

0.00%

0.20%

0.40%

Western New York

1.10%

0.70%

0.80%

Cuomo also confirmed 716 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 387,272 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 387,272 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows: 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

2,053

4

Allegany

58

0

Broome

665

2

Cattaraugus

113

4

Cayuga

108

1

Chautauqua

115

3

Chemung

139

0

Chenango

139

0

Clinton

100

1

Columbia

451

5

Cortland

44

0

Delaware

90

1

Dutchess

4,127

17

Erie

6,980

25

Essex

41

1

Franklin

27

0

Fulton

243

6

Genesee

222

4

Greene

255

1

Hamilton

6

0

Herkimer

134

3

Jefferson

83

1

Lewis

22

1

Livingston

123

0

Madison

343

1

Monroe

3,487

26

Montgomery

106

0

Nassau

41,443

56

Niagara

1,188

3

NYC

212,061

391

Oneida

1378

21

Onondaga

2644

10

Ontario

239

0

Orange

10,638

18

Orleans

275

1

Oswego

169

2

Otsego

82

0

Putnam

1301

2

Rensselaer

521

2

Rockland

13,495

9

Saratoga

531

3

Schenectady

749

3

Schoharie

56

1

Schuyler

12

0

Seneca

64

0

St. Lawrence

216

1

Steuben

261

4

Suffolk

40,908

44

Sullivan

1,435

1

Tioga

140

0

Tompkins

174

1

Ulster

1,750

1

Warren

261

0

Washington

244

1

Wayne

143

2

Westchester

34,486

31

Wyoming

93

0

Yates

41

1

 

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