Yankees vote to stay at spring training during coronavirus shutdown, continue workouts

Mark Townsend
Yahoo Sports Contributor

(Coronavirus updates)

The New York Yankees aren’t ready to go home.

According to player representative Zack Britton, Yankees’ players have unanimously voted to stay and continue working out at the team facility in Florida despite MLB canceling spring training and delaying opening day.

 The news comes hours after Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association reportedly advised players to leave camp and return home.

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In a memo released Friday, the MLBPA union did confirm that players would ultimately be permitted to remain in the area of their respective team’s spring training facility and continue working out if they so choose.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman reiterated that the decision lies with each individual player. If a player prefers to go home, he’s allowed to do so.

Britton says the decision was made during a meeting with every player currently at Yankees big league camp. The veteran reliever added that measures are being taken to ensure the clubhouse is “consistently decontaminated” so that players are not worried about the coronavirus.

The Yankees have agreed to provide breakfast ahead of the workouts, which Britton says will be structured but less organized than a typical spring training workout.

The Yankees are the first team to fully commit to maintaining a “business as usual” approach.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, players at Padres big league camp are playing on staying. Though one player pointed out that’s the plan “for now.”

Some teams, like the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, are shutting down camp but allowing a limited number of players and coaches to stay around to continue training.

It will be interesting to see how other teams follow suit in the hours ahead.

New York Yankees players unanimously vote to continue workouts despite MLB, MLBPA advisory to leave camp amid coronavirus concerns. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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