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Arizona's Cactus League Calls For Delay To Baseball Spring Training

Every year, half of Major League Baseball’s teams — and their fans — swarm to Arizona, forming the Cactus League for the start of spring training.

However, Cactus League and local officials are calling to delay spring training due to rising COVID-19 infection rates in Arizona’s Maricopa County. Any delay would have to be negotiated between MLB and the players’ union, signaling a prickly start to the Cactus League.

Host Peter O’Dowd speaks with Bridget Binsbacher, executive director of the Cactus League, about their letter to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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