Girardi discusses MLB's idea to play in Arizona

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
April 08, 2020 - 9:29 am

Major League Baseball and the Players Association have reportedly discussed the idea of starting the 2020 season with all 30 teams playing in Arizona, with no fans in the stands, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi was asked about that idea on Wednesday's Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show.

"I don't know," Girardi said when asked if that idea was feasible.

"I think that's above my pay grade. I think you have to look at what our government, our health officials and infectious disease doctors say about when is the time right to go back and play and how? When you do go back, how do you do it? Do you do it, people in the stands, nobody in the stands. I don't think any of us know and I think that's why it's above my pay grade because I'm not an infectious disease doctor. So, I'm gonna rely on them. Obviously it has sparked a lot of conversation over the last couple of days and I'm sure there's gonna continue to be ideas on how we do this. We need people to come up with creative ideas, but we have to do what's best for our country and our world, and just the people that are out there."

Girardi, who has publicly spoken about how excited he is to manage a team in front of the Philadelphia fan base, hasn't given much thought to the idea of playing a game without fans. 

"I try not to speculate," Girardi said. "That's the one thing as a manager, even as a player, I've always tried to control the things that I can control. I really haven't thought about that a whole lot. Whatever is best for our country, whatever is best for our industry -- and baseball, I know, wants to be a part of the recovery -- let's do it. And let's be creative."