On Wednesday Ben Godar discussed baseball’s latest proposition to attempt to begin the 2020 season in the midst of the health crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, to be clear, this is not at all official. Major League Baseball made clear to specify in a statement:
MLB issued a statement Tuesday saying that while the one-location plan has been discussed, “We have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.”
Which is good a thing because the plan that has been shared so far... it is not so good.
NEWS: Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are focusing on a plan backed by federal health officials that could have players in training camps by May and games soon thereafter.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 7, 2020
Details at ESPN on how MLB may return -- and the difficulty in doing so: https://t.co/zDoNa3k4pm
Here are some of the details, per Jeff Passan of ESPN:
- All 30 teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the Phoenix area
- Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel only to and from the stadium
There is also talk of:
- No mound visits from the catcher or pitching coach
- Seven-inning doubleheaders
- Players sitting in the empty stands 6 feet apart — the recommended social-distancing space — instead of in a dugout
There is one little problem with this proposal that might put an end to the whole idea: the players, they are not so cool with it.
There's no such thing as a bad idea in brainstorming but there sure as shit are bad ideas in whatever the next step after brainstorming is. https://t.co/1aqiOyBZWO— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 7, 2020
It is not really clear what this means for baseball going forward, but it appears a plan that would keep players separated from their families for months at a time it likely not going to work. This probably means baseball activities will not be able to resume until it is safe to repeal some social distancing restrictions, which seems like it will not be for quite awhile yet.
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