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Two Phillies’ staff members and a clubhouse attendant have tested positive. The Phillies won’t play until at least Monday. Likely longer if others return positive tests by then. Miami’s mayor is recommending that the Marlins be quarrantined for a full two weeks.

 

 

Less than a week in and two teams are on indefinite hold. Seriously, there is no chance MLB completes it’s season.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-now-hit-philadelphia-phillies-180301099.html

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Two Phillies’ staff members and a clubhouse attendant have tested positive. The Phillies won’t play until at least Monday. Likely longer if others return positive tests by then. Miami’s mayor is recommending that the Marlins be quarrantined for a full two weeks.


Less than a week in and two teams are on indefinite hold. Seriously, there is no chance MLB completes it’s season.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-now-hit-philadelphia-phillies-180301099.html

I actually view this differently... that the biggest screw-up franchise in baseball has been burned and now the rest of baseball will act differently.

What I most worry about is the bad franchises like the Marlins, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, etc. just give up and start acting like clowns.

But step back and think about whether a franchise like the Yankees would become infected.

They won't, because they're professional about their job.

I think the Yankees, Twins, Dodgers, Atlanta, Cleveland, Cardinals, etc. are going to do the same thing because they monitor themselves because they WANT TO WIN.

 

I believe the biggest problem will come from teams that don't care anymore.

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I actually view this differently... that the biggest screw-up franchise in baseball has been burned and now the rest of baseball will act differently.

What I most worry about is the bad franchises like the Marlins, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, etc. just give up and start acting like clowns.

But step back and think about whether a franchise like the Yankees would become infected.

They won't, because they're professional about their job.

I think the Yankees, Twins, Dodgers, Atlanta, Cleveland, Cardinals, etc. are going to do the same thing because they monitor themselves because they WANT TO WIN.

 

I believe the biggest problem will come from teams that don't care anymore.

 

Sounds like someone on the Cardinals just tested positive. 

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I actually view this differently... that the biggest screw-up franchise in baseball has been burned and now the rest of baseball will act differently.

 

What I most worry about is the bad franchises like the Marlins, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, etc. just give up and start acting like clowns.

 

But step back and think about whether a franchise like the Yankees would become infected.

 

They won't, because they're professional about their job.

 

I think the Yankees, Twins, Dodgers, Atlanta, Cleveland, Cardinals, etc. are going to do the same thing because they monitor themselves because they WANT TO WIN.

 

I believe the biggest problem will come from teams that don't care anymore.

The problem is that some of the teams that “don’t care” are playing teams that do.

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At least two positives. May not both be players. But Cardinals/Brewers tonight is postponed. I suspect it’s likely the tip of another iceberg.

It's many tips of the same iceberg. The same large, ominous iceberg that can't be avoided under MLB's faulty protocol.

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I can see the league pausing for a couple weeks. The ironic thing is that the Marlins should be recovered and ready to play again pretty soon.

That would be about what we should expect from MLB. After months of preparation there was a breakout of positive COVID tests on the second day of the season with several more pockets showing up during the rest of the first week. Pausing for two weeks without any other changes means that three weeks from now we'll see this happening all over again. Beyond that, it means baseball well into November. It's an exercise in futility. Just say, "Sorry, we tried, it didn't work out, and we're giving up."

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It may not matter what MLB decides. At some point, states are going to enact travel bans from hot spot states and they won’t necessarily exempt MLB (as New York initially did).

 

If Washington bans travel from Texas and California for example, the only opponent they would have left would be Colorado.

 

Don’t think it can’t happen.

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I wonder why baseball didn't try to do like four hub cities that 7-8 teams could have stayed in and played each other... We'll see how it works for the NHL and NBA, but MLB may have made a big mistake with the travel. 

They tried, but the owners were very heavy handed with it and wanted major financial concessions to do so, so the players were quick to say no.

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And now this:

 

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/red-sox-pitcher-eduardo-rodriguez-will-not-play-in-2020-due-to-covi-drelated-heart-issue-205843844.html

 

Also, Lorenzo Cain has had enough and is calling it a year.

 

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29577759/brewers-lorenzo-cain-decides-opt-season

 

 

 

At some point, as more and more players opt out or suffer covid complications, there aren’t going to be enough good players to make games worth watching.

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While I don’t know all the fine details that have been agreed on to resume baseball, I can tel from watching that most of those I do know of are not being followed with any consistency. 
 

Lots  of high 5’s. Spitting. Lack of masks. Social distancing? That must be off camera. And that’s what we can see. As for sharing a locker room, well I will leave that to your imagination. 

 

They may somehow muddle through this, though I highly doubt it. But no matter what, it’s not MLB, it’s simply a string of games played by talented players. There are no statistical races to track, no season long comparisons for players or teams, hell we won’t even get to see which manager gets fired first. But we may get to see which one gets sick first? 

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The Cardinals are now up to 6 positive tests, though at least 3 are not players.

 

Still, given the incubation period of this disease, it is worth noting that they were likely spreading it around when they played the Twins.

 

My gut says Manfred will shut it down today for at least two weeks. My guess is that before those two weeks are up, the 2020 season will officially cancelled.

 

MLB had something like 50 positive tests in the first ten days of games. That’s a clear indication that they have no way of preventing outbreaks. Can you imagine what the fallout will be if someone (like a traveling staffer) actually dies?

 

It will be a human tragedy and a PR nightmare the likes of which MLB has never seen, and that’s saying something about a sport that has seen betting scandals, rampant narcotics use, rampant PED use, and cheating scandals.

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Cardinals-Tigers 4-game series postponed.

13 members of St. Louis organization test positive for COVID-19.

So that means they got 7 new positive results today.

 

Just to recap, two teams that are in different geographical regions had about 20% of their traveling party test positive within 10 days of starting the season.

 

There are what, 8 teams that are not playing this week because either they have an outbreak or their scheduled opponent does. That’s about 1/4 of the league.

 

MLB needs to shut it down before they kill somebody.

 

Right now they are embarrassing themselves.

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I did find it interesting that when Nick Markakis, who had initially opted out of the season but became the most notable player to opt back in, hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the Braves tonight in his first game back, the team stormed the field....then they proceeded to distance themselves and lift their hands in the air in a large, spaced-out group around home plate and do high jazz hands in group celebration.

 

That said, when Freddie Freeman homered earlier in the game, he got slaps on the back and such in the dugout as had been the case previously, so it's not all jelly beans and rainbows.

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The truly alarming fact is that the Cardinals have been all but completely locked down since July 30 and are STILL getting positive tests from players and staff that have presumably tested negative at least once since that date.

 

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/how-should-mlb-handle-cardinals-covid-19-outbreak-three-options-league-has-with-st-louis-still-sidelined/

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