Chicago Sun-Times

New foes at ‘Field of Dreams’?

- Daryl Van Schouwen Sports · MLB Baseball · Baseball · Field of Dreams · Field of Dreams · Chicago White Sox · Boston Red Sox · New York Yankees · Iowa · Chicago Cubs · St. Louis Cardinals · Milwaukee Brewers · Minnesota Twins · Liverpool Football Club · American League East · American League Central · National League (Baseball) · Twentieth Century Fox Film Company Ltd. · Dyersville, IA

De­spite con­cerns of how the coro­n­avirus and sched­ul­ing re­stric­tions could throw a wrench into plans for the event, Ma­jor League Base­ball is say­ing its “Field of Dreams” game has not been can­celed, al­though an orig­i­nally planned game be­tween the White Sox and Yan­kees in a Dy­ersville, Iowa, corn­field is likely out.

Spec­u­la­tion now sur­rounds the Sox play­ing the Cubs, Car­di­nals, Brew­ers Twins or Reds, al­though it’s not a given the Sox would still par­tic­i­pate.

“We won’t know un­til the new 2020 sched­ule gets fi­nal­ized,” Sox vice pres­i­dent for com­mu­ni­ca­tions Scott Reifert said via text mes­sage Tues­day.

In the up­com­ing shortened 60-game sched­ule, which could be re­leased this week, the Yan­kees of the AL East will not face the Sox of the AL Cen­tral. Teams are play­ing op­po­nents in their own di­vi­sions and from the same ge­o­graph­i­cal di­vi­sion from the Amer­i­can or Na­tional League.

“To date, there has been no change in the sta­tus of the event, and we hope to have the op­tion to play,” MLB told John Morosi of MLB Net­work. “Con­struc­tion is con­tin­u­ing, and we are fol­low­ing all CDC and state pro­to­cols re­gard­ing rec­om­mended safety prac­tices, in­clud­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing, wash­ing hands and tem­per­a­ture checks be­fore ar­riv­ing to the site. Safe­guard­ing pub­lic health is our top pri­or­ity. We are mon­i­tor­ing on­go­ing events and plan to re­main as flex­i­ble as these cir­cum­stances de­mand.”

The game, to be tele­vised na­tion­ally on Fox, had been sched­uled for Aug. 13, a Thurs­day night. MLB an­nounced last year in Au­gust it would con­struct an 8,000-seat sta­dium on the pop­u­lar 1989 “Field of Dreams” movie set’s grounds to stage an of­fi­cial “home” game for the Sox, who have a his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion to the movie with the 1919 Black Sox scan­dal.

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