Monday, July 27, 2020

No More Baseball, Please


The entire 2020 season is not worth the life of one person:
And here we have it, the least surprising possible outcome of MLB’s decision to fly some 1,500 people around the country, from one coronavirus hotspot to another, buttressed by a hope and a prayer and instructions not to spit, in service of playing baseball: They have to stop playing baseball.
Four Marlins players had tested positive for COVID-19 by Sunday afternoon. As of Monday morning, that count was reportedly at least 11 players and two coaches.
Miami’s scheduled Monday night home opener against the Orioles has been postponed
But the Marlins played three games against the Phillies this weekend. Last week, they played two exhibition games in Atlanta against the Braves. It’s impossible to know how far the infected droplets sprayed. Both of the Braves’ primary catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud, missed the weekend series against the Mets after they exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. The Phillies players and coaches are waiting on test results; The Athletic reported that their entire visiting clubhouse staff has been quarantined. The Yankees-Phillies game on Monday has been postponed.
The season is four days old.
Major League Baseball, as an organization, needs to join forces and work towards a common goal of protecting human lives. They should stop the whole thing and not resume play until it is safe. How is that not the common sense consensus right now? And then go find a new Commissioner of baseball. Rob Manfred is a disaster.

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