We all yearn for the return of baseball. It would be nice to watch, especially in these difficult times. More than anything, however, the start of the game would mean that we have achieved some control over the spread of the coronavirus – and, perhaps, that there would be no end to the suffering it caused. In the meantime, we join everyone around the world in honoring the brave health care professionals, first responders, logistics workers and others who are doing everything they can to support us.
- The unfolding tragedy is particularly acute in New York, the current US epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis. Baseball is an afterthought. Any hope of playing it will depend on meeting the wider need for public health, Yankees reliever Zack Britton recognizes (via MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, on Twitter). “At the end of the day,” he says of the 2020 season schedule, “it doesn’t matter until the virus is brought under control and cities and people just can’t come back.” to everyday life, not to mention being able to go watch baseball or play baseball. Getting to a point where the spread is manageable seems an obvious prerequisite for the sport, even if it is played without fans. But the league and the union are rightly thinking about the future and trying to plan to get back online as soon as possible. Britton says the parties have already started considering potential neutral sites for hosting games, potentially offering alternative sites that could be used as needed. The unnamed locations would have the kind of game, accommodation and other facilities necessary to make the game possible.
- We have seen many MLB players participate financially and otherwise. They also naturally think of the needs of their families. Veteran Yankees Entrance Masahiro Tanaka has returned to his native Japan with his wife and child pending the resumption of baseball, reports Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. Tanaka says he felt “in danger” in Florida, where the virus is a growing threat. He also chose not to return to the house he maintains in New York. (There is at least a touch of baseball-specific news on the Yankees throwing team, as we covered here yesterday.)
- Cardinals Baseball President John Mozeliak revealed that a team member has tested positive for COVID-19, like Mark Saxon of The Athletic tweets. The anonymous employee was not present at the club’s spring facilities during the camp; he was rather stationed in Saint-Louis. MLBTR sends its best wishes for a quick and complete recovery. Fortunately, that seems to be exactly what happened to the legendary former Cardinals and Angels outfitters. Jim Edmonds. As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes, Edmonds ended up in hospital for pneumonia and eventually tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, he is already on the mend.
- It is always worth highlighting the good deeds that take place in times of crisis. As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes, Rays have launched aid to local charity Feeding Tampa Bay, pledging an additional $ 100,000 and $ 150,000 in matching funds to help drive food drives. The executive director of Feeding Tampa Bay calls this a “great gift.” Meanwhile Rockies first base player Daniel Murphy is the last veteran player to make a significant financial commitment. He is donating $ 100,000 to a “family aid fund” to help minors who support children or other family members. More information on this initiative here.