USC baseball could play host for Dodgers alternate training site

USC baseball could host the Dodgers' alternate training site. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
USC baseball could host the Dodgers' alternate training site. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

USC baseball could lend their field to the Dodgers for their alternate training site.

USC athletics facilities often play host to all sorts of pro athletes in the offseason as they keep up their training regiment. However, 2020 could bring something quite different to the USC baseball facilities.

The Dodgers are in discussions to use the Dedeaux Field as an alternate training site ahead of the 2020 season, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

As part of MLB’s plan for the coming season, impacted as it has been by the coronavirus pandemic, each team must designate an alternate training site to serve as a workout base for their pool of inactive players.

Per Nightingale, nothing has been finalized.

USC baseball is one of several colleges who could host alternate training sites

The Dodgers and the rest of the MLB teams will go through a secondary “spring training” this summer with a pool of 60-players to work with. Only half of those will make it onto the active roster.

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The ones who don’t will have to practice at an alternate site. For the Dodgers, the active roster will operate as normal at Dodger facilities with the remaining 30 or so players hosted elsewhere.

Major League clubs around the country have turned to college baseball fields to serve as those as overflowing training grounds.

Toledo will host the Detroit Tigers. The Astros are in talks with the University of Houston. The Red Sox are in similar discussions with Boston College.

USC baseball had its 2020 campaign shut down this spring because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Even though the Trojans have begun to allow student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts, the baseball team is not one of the six sports teams to be welcomed back. Those include football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

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