Eight people working for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team—five players and three supporting staff members—caught COVID-19 at the teams’ training center in Clearwater, Florida, despite reportedly following prevention guidelines. The majority of Phillies team members and supporting personnel are reportedly still waiting for test results, so the number of confirmed cases could rise. Major League Baseball teams and players are still in negotiations about the length and start date of a possible 2020 season after an indefinite postponement began in March, and an outbreak could extend the delay. After news of the Phillies’ positive results broke, the Toronto Blue Jays closed their own nearby training camp because a pitcher had begun exhibiting symptoms of the virus, according to an ESPN reporter.
you gotta wonder about all the sports that are theoretically gonna be played this year
the nba might be able to pull it off with their smaller rosters, generally smaller personnel footprint and their disney bubble, but baseball and football, i dunno. you gotta do the bubble and the NFL doesn’t seem like they want to go that route. how many starters get the virus before they have to cancel the season?
Extremely good that the NBA and uh MLS both decided to restart in Florida
The virus won.
Phillies are quarantined now. Season over?
Why are baseball players being so badly affected by this? Is it the travelling?
Yes. They’re not in a bubble. All of the other sports that have come back in the US have been in a bubble, and the teams in those leagues that have had outbreaks - one NWSL team, two MLS teams - had it happen before they entered the bubble.
Baseball having to deal with a larger number of personnel in terms of bigger rosters, more coaches, trainers and bench staff etc compared to basketball in particular doesn’t bode well for a longer season, and should be sending a signal that the NFL season can’t happen with an even larger number of people involved, but, you know, money.
And if your sports press is as racist as ours, there’ll be more than a few publications that won’t mourn the loss of… a certain demographic, shall we say.