Starting June 1, the Toronto Blue Jays will play their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, where they played for most of the last season, they confirmed on Wednesday.
Thus, the team of manager Charlie Montoyo will find the field of the AAA school club of the Jays, playing there five times at the start, two against the Miami Marlins and three against the Houston Astros. Previously, in addition to their away games, they will have a 10-match “home” stay at their training site in Dunedin, Fla. From May 14-24.
Obviously, the Canadian organization would have preferred to reconnect with the Rogers Center in Toronto, except that the pandemic is far from being controlled in Ontario and it is utopian to evoke the return of the Jays to Canadian soil for the moment, because of the problems. border workers.
The Blue Jays will have Sahlen Field on their own, as their subsidiary, the Buffalo Bisons, play exceptionally in Trenton, New Jersey, to accommodate the Toronto club, which will play in a renovated stadium. Indeed, work has been carried out to accommodate supporters, which had not been possible in 2020. Among the changes implemented, there is the installation of a new cloakroom, the relocation of the enclosures. replacement and installation of new batting cages.
The transfer to Buffalo also aims to escape the suffocating temperatures plaguing Florida in the middle of summer. Toronto has played 11 games in Dunedin so far.