The Toronto Blue Jays have found a new home for the 2020 season just in the nick of time, agreeing to share PNC Park with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the upcoming MLB season.
The Jays, who were denied permission last week by the Canadian government to play their home games at their home stadium in Toronto, were forced to look for an alternative solution for this year as their home opener approaches on July 29th.
It turned out to be Pittsburgh where they found a temporary home.
As the Jays and Pirates only had six home games that coincided with the schedule and due to the close relationship between their front offices, PNC Park turned out to be the perfect solution.
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington was formerly the vice-president of baseball operations for the Blue Jays, meaning that he did not hesitate to offer up his team’s home park to the AL East club.
The only small stumbling block which came up in the plan were two series in which both Toronto and Pittsburgh were set to play as home teams. According to sources, the Jays will simply play in their opponent’s home park as the “home” team in those two instances to solve the problem.
The Jays’ debut at the park will come next Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.