Joe Maddon on playing games at four sites, new Rays stadium, rule changes, Pete Rose

April 16, 2020

By Marc Topkin | Tampa Bay Times

The former Rays/Cubs and current Angels manager had plenty to say in a Facebook Live talk hosted by the Tampa Baseball Museum.

From his RV in Arizona, Angels manager Joe Maddon did a Facebook Live chat Wednesday night hosted by the Tampa Baseball Museum. [Tampa Bay Times]
Former Rays and Cubs and current Angels manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that the “best-case scenario” for getting teams back on the field would be in four-six weeks.

And if/when major-league teams resume play, with no fans allowed, Maddon would favor using four sites to base teams, going beyond previously floated plans to either have all clubs play in Arizona or at spring training sites split between Arizona and Florida.

Maddon’s preference, which he shared with MLB officials, is to use domed stadiums in Florida, Texas and Arizona to avoid weather issues, and the Southern California stadiums, given the comfortable climate there.