The lack of travel across the border is impacting the baseball world in several ways. The Toronto Blue Jays will begin the 2021 MLB season playing out of their spring-training home, Dunedin’s TD Ballpark, while the summer-collegiate Thunder Bay Border Cats (Northwoods League) have been replaced temporarily by a travel team. In addition, the summer-collegiate Western Canadian Baseball League will operate in a scaled-down operation with all-Canadian rosters, with at least five and potentially seven teams sitting out the season.
The move by the Canadians from historic Nat Bailey Stadium is billed as a temporary one that will be addressed as the season progresses.
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