Chris Davis has played a game without fans before. He doesn't want to go back to that again unless he has to.
"I think it's something that I've prepared myself for, hoping that we wouldn't necessarily have to do that," Davis said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. "I think at this point, there are a lot of possibilities, a lot of different scenarios that are on the table, just as far as a logistics standpoint is concerned. Obviously I would love to play as many games as possible, but I also want people to be safe."
Major League Baseball has yet to set a return date for the 2020 regular season, and there doesn't appear to be a concrete timeline either for baseball to be played.
One possibility is to begin the season without fans at the ballparks to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus. A big part of that, admittedly, is gaining confidence from both players and fans.
"I want people to feel comfortable being around other people, being around other fans at the ballpark and I want the guys to feel safe on the field," Davis said. "I don't look forward to doing that, but I feel like we're going to have to do some things that are a little unfamiliar, at least for the foreseeable future. We've talked about it, it's definitely a possibility."
Davis, who said he's confident he can pick up where he left off in spring training after a hot start to the season, is now just waiting for baseball games to be played, just like everyone else.
The best-case scenario though, for him and everyone else, is to have the ballparks filled when baseball returns.
"It's been extremely uplifting to hear the amount of people that are just in love with the game of baseball, they're infatuated with it," Davis said. "They're ready to see guys out on the field again. I just know that once we get everything squared away and we get kind of a handle on everything, there are going to be a bunch of smiling faces in the ballpark. And I look forward to that day."
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Orioles' Chris Davis on the future of MLB 2020 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington