How should MLB handle the Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak? The league of three options has with Saint-Louis still on the sidelines


The Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak – which has required some team members to go to the ER – has increased over the weekend, and the team will be sidelined for their fourth straight series which will start this week. That will leave the Cardinals from July 30 to August 12 having played no games. That also leaves 46 days remaining in the season in which the Cardinals must play 55 more times to reach 60.

Additionally, reports say the Cardinals are still getting positive tests, putting Thursday’s double-makeup at risk with the Tigers and next weekend’s streak with the White Sox. After almost two weeks, there is still no end in sight.

No one needs me to tell them it’s a bad situation. With all the double headers that would be required, one can’t expect them to take care of the throwers’ arms and the health of positional players in general – not even mentioning how often they would be in the game. stadium over eight hours a day instead. about four, which already represents an increased risk of the virus spreading.

The first thing MLB will tell us is that the Cardinals are just going to have to play less than 60 games. Maybe they can play 50 times in 46 days and that brings them to 55. I guess that’s what will happen if they come back in time for Thursday’s double. What if they continue to test positive and need to stay closed? The league cannot advance while continuing to postpone a team’s games.

So what should MLB do with the Cardinals? There are three realistic options.

1. Stop the Cardinals

I really don’t want to do this. Surely no one does. Not only are the Cardinals a franchise and a household name in baseball, but the league operating in that shortened schedule with 29 teams is not. There will always be a team that misses a streak, like the Cubs this weekend and the Pirates this week.

If the Cardinals were completely shut down, the teams staying on their schedule would play a good number of games less than 60 this season. For example, they must play the Cubs, Reds, and Brewers 10 times each and have not yet played them. This would mean that each of these teams only play 50 and give them an advantage in playoff positioning, as we know the smaller the sample, the easier it is to win by chance (which is why it would be totally unfair to have the Cardinals play as 40 games and compare the winning percentages with the East and West teams for possible wild spots).

He is just a non-runner for me and probably is for Rob Manfred as well.

However, that would be a better option, financially speaking for baseball, than the next one …

2. Stop the season

I really, really don’t want to do this. I’m having too much fun watching baseball this season to consider how depressed I would be if he disappeared.

However, the league cannot operate with a team for more than three weeks. If we split everything for one team and in the meantime another team from the East or West Divisions has an outbreak, I think the league could finally admit it was a mistake and shut it all down – because at some point Given, having several of the teams playing around 40 games while others playing 60 is a seasonal joke for many fans.

However, allow me to suggest another idea.

3. Use the Taxi Squad

In other words, ship the all Taxi Squad on the road before the MLB Cardinals situation improved. Taxi teams are basically in a bubble, and the Cardinals have enough players and pitchers to field a full team. There are also free agents out there that they could sign minor league deals like the Marlins did to complete their roster upon their return from an outbreak.

From a competitive standpoint, I can’t imagine the Cardinals would be excited about it, but there are 29 other teams to consider here. It is an unfortunate situation, which means they should accept the unfortunate solution. Hey, maybe they’ll even find some gems that haven’t had a chance on the majors yet.

I’m sure the Cardinals ownership group wouldn’t like this because of the pay increases, but they can wear it. They have a lot of money. I have to note that it seems unlikely that Manfred – he’s usually on the ‘side’ of the owners – or that other owners would support this, knowing it could happen with their teams.

I don’t care, though.

It’s my choice. MLB is expected to immediately send the Cardinals cab team to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates Series as scheduled. It’s a season of madness anyway, it will only add to the madness. We just can’t shut down a team for as long as the Cardinals are.


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