According to multiple reports, Toronto Blue Jays players have been told the penalty if they are seen outside the Rogers Centre ballpark/hotel bubble is a $750,000 fine and potential jail time.
The Blue Jays began living at the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel connected to the Rogers Centre on Monday for spring training as they prepare for their season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24. – Per TSN
Okay, so I gotta keep it honest with you guys. This is getting absolutely ridiculous. If you wanna fine the players for not following protocol, okay (Even though $750,000 is steep.) But to threaten potential jail time for these ballplayers is not only ludicrous but is flat out unjust and unconstitutional.
Just imagine for a second that Blue Jay slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is just 21 years old, was placed in the slammer for going out to dinner with some friends. “Hey man, I’m a huge fan, but I have to ask, what are you doing here in Jail.” “Well, I actually left my hotel building for the first time in weeks because I wanted to see some friends and family.” I mean, what the hell are we doing here guys.
As a result of these rules, I would be shocked if we didn’t see an abundance of Blue Jays personnel opt out of the upcoming season. Be better, Toronto.