Blue Jays remain homeless as Pennsylvania health officials reject plan to play in Pittsburgh

Dunedin, Florida and Buffalo are still options

With the Toronto Blue Jays home opener scheduled for July 29 against the Washington Nationals, the team still does not have a home sweet home.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has rejected the Blue Jays bid to play their 30-game home schedule at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jays were sent packing from Toronto when the federal government last week denied the team’s request to play their home games at Rogers Centre, citing concerns about travel to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sahlen Field in Buffalo is still an option but there are issues with space and lighting at the stadium. The Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida is a candidate, though surging cases of the virus in the sunshine state does not make that location very appealing.

Toronto opens the shortened Major League Baseball season Friday on the road in Tampa Bay.