Major League Baseball is only three games into the 2020 season, but the spiking of coronavirus cases within a few clubhouses is problematic and could force the league to shut down the season. The Kansas City Royals have had eight positive tests so far.
We all knew that the 2020 Major League Baseball season was going to look much different than it normally does due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed life as we all know it. It forced Major League Baseball to shut down Spring Training back in March and pushed the start of the season back to late July.
Obviously Kansas City Royals fans – and all baseball fans – were elated to see baseball back on our screens again. Unfortunately, it isn’t looking good for the league, as the Miami Marlins have had – as of this writing – 13 positive cases amongst players and staff.
That led to their home opener against the Orioles in Miami being canceled. This might be the beginning of the end for baseball in 2020, as now the Phillies – who played Miami this weekend – will have to quarantine.
Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted that the Yankees/Phillies game would also be canceled. It’s going to be very important from here on out that the league handles this the best way possible. If that means shutting down the season, then that might have to be what happens.
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Passan says “For now, the rest may be played.” and that does appear to be what’s taking place right now – that we will have other baseball games on this evening.
Major League Soccer has been able to carry on its season (well – the MLS is Back Tournament) due to having the players in what’s called a bubble. The NBA and NHL are doing this as well and it appears to be working.
That’s the difference right there. Those players are isolated while MLB players return to their homes and are doing who else knows what during their time off. That’s just not a great idea with a virus that spreads as easily as COVID-19 does.
The Kansas City Royals have already experienced players testing positive, with eight known cases so far. Fortunately, all eight cases have been minor, with few players experiencing any symptoms.
While it’s not a Royal, Freddie Freeman of the Braves tested positive and has been quoted as saying he was scared he’d die and that he had never been so hot in his life while he had COVID-19.
This virus might be more likely to infect those who are older or have pre-existing conditions, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still infect and harm those who don’t fit either of those categories, and Freeman is proof of that. He’s as healthy as a human can be and still got very ill from the virus.
While I’d love to continue watching baseball, it’s not worth it at this point in time. The absolute WORST thing that can happen is someone dying as a result of this virus. Hopefully Major League Baseball acts sooner rather than later and puts a halt on the season before there are any casualties.