Report: MLB works with former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Major League Baseball is working with a former official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as he tries to formulate a plan on how to start his 2020 season according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal writes that Dr. Ali S. Khan is the primary medical consultant for the MLB. He spent almost two decades at the CDC and is now the dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Earlier this week, Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters that the league will flip every stone possible to try to have a season in 2020.

Although no plans have been made public, several reports indicate that baseball is considering a scenario in which the 30 teams would play in spring training facilities at a neutral Arizona site, as well as at Chase Field. in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The plan would also include off-site infrastructure to keep players and staff healthy.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier this month that the MLB was considering a plan also involving spring training facilities in Florida, where Marlins Park in Miami and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg could also be used in addition of locations in Arizona.

The games would likely take place without the presence of fans and could also include social distancing in the game according to a report from Rosenthal last week.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that there is potentially a way to return to sport in the summer, as long as there are no supporters in the stadiums. .

“There’s a way to do it,” Fauci told Peter Hamby on Snapchat, when asked about a shortened baseball season and the start of a football season. “No one comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in large hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them well watched. “

“Have them tested weekly and make sure they don’t end up infecting each other or their families, and just let them play the season. “

The opening day was originally scheduled to take place on March 26 before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the season indefinitely.


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