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AAA season delayed, alternate training sites returning

The AAA season will be, like with the other full season leagues, delayed to start the 2021 season

MLB Considers Arizona Minor League Stadiums For Possible 2020 Season Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

MLB’s plan to have the AAA season start on time has been changed, per Jeff Passan at ESPN. Passan says that the AAA season will be delayed by “at least a month,” which puts the AAA season on track to start around the same time as the seasons for AA, high-A and low-A leagues start.

The delay in starting the AAA season is a result of MLB deciding to implement Alternate Training Sites, a measure that was used last season to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alternate Training Sites allowed teams to keep a significant number of players working out together — but isolated from the regular major league roster — in order to provide replacements to be readily available, if needed.

Passan says that the hope is that players can all be vaccinated by the time the minor league seasons start. With President Biden saying today that the United States will have sufficient stockpiles of vaccines to vaccinate all American adults by the end of May, 2021, it may be possible that all players with a major league organization will be able to be vaccinated by that time.