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While it is still not clear when, if ever, the Major League Baseball will play a 2020 season, a new recommendation from Dr. Anthony Fauci could cause the league to consider an earlier end.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview to The Los Angeles Times that he would recommend that the league end its playoffs before October.
“If the question is time, I would try to keep it in the main summer months and not end it with the way we play the World Series, until the end of October when it’s cold “Fauci told the LA Times. “I would avoid that. ”
The league, which generally begins in April and ends in October, suspended the opening day in March as well as most major sports organizations. Although the states have lifted the restrictions, the league has begun considering a start date for the season. Unfortunately for the fans, however, the teams and the players’ union were unable to agree on a schedule.
Commissioner Rob Manfred also faltered in his confidence in a 2020 season, claiming he was “100%” certain that this year would not see any MLB games, according to the Associated Press.
Noting that the warmer states of California and Arizona are starting to see resurgence at the opening, Fauci said that the spread of the coronavirus is still a major threat during the summer months. Unlike summer, however, a bleeding season in winter would face the double threat of the pandemic and flu season.
“If you look at the kinds of things that could happen, nothing is guaranteed. You would like to do this at a time when there is no overlap between the flu and the possibility of a second fall wave, “said Fauci.
Fauci added that playing games in the middle of a pandemic and flu season is also just one of the risks that a cold weather baseball season can pose.
“In most circumstances – but we don’t know for sure here – viruses do better when the weather starts to cool and people start spending more time inside than outside” said Fauci. “The community is more likely to be infected. ”
Fauci was quick to point out, however, that safety is only one of many concerns. “The money disputes between players and owners have been most important in recent debates over when many professional sports organizations will resume play.