2021 Blue Jays: Spring Training Day One, Staying in Dunedin

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The 2021 Blue Jays have officially begun spring training, pitchers and catchers have reported, preparation for the 2021 season is underway. The Toronto Blue Jays descend on Dunedin, Florida with high expectations and a ton of optimism surrounding the team.

2021 Blue Jays: Pitchers and Catchers

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome 36 pitchers in total, 22 of them are rostered and 14 are non-rostered. Six catchers are also reporting to camp, five of them are rostered and one is a non-roster invitee.

The Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of decisions to make in the next few weeks, from the starting pitching rotation to the infield and outfield. In terms of pitching, all eyes are on Nate Pearson and the 2021 Blue Jays game plan for managing his innings. This could put Pearson in the starting rotation while skipping a start to give him extra time off, or the Blue Jays could give him the Aaron Sanchez treatment and return him to the bullpen at some points throughout the season.

2021 Blue Jays: Infield Battles

The Blue Jays have plenty of decisions to make regarding the defensive alignment in the infield. The new addition of Marcus Semien will likely take the second base role to begin the season. The return of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to third base is a possibility, however, it would appear that Cavan Biggio will battle for the everyday spot on the hot corner. That leaves Bo Bichette, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr to battle for the shortstop position. Toronto has decisions to make, although in a very good situation with more talent than available spots.

2021 Blue Jays: Toronto Will Play in Dunedin, Florida

It was announced by the Blue Jays that they will indeed begin the 2021 season in Dunedin, Florida at TD Bank Park. This will provide some stability for the team with tight border restrictions and the uncertainty of Covid-19.

The Toronto Blue Jays will re-evaluate the situation after the first two homestands of the 2021 season. The team remains committed to returning to Canadian soil as soon as it’s safe to do so. when that will be is still a guessing game for everyone.

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