Are We Close To Calling The Season?
BREAKING: The Cardinals and Brewers matchup this weekend is on hold due to a covid outbreak among Cardinals players.
The postponement is coming after we’ve already seen postponements along the East Coast teams. The Marlins are up to a count of 19 positive cases and won’t be back in action until at least Sunday. And if you’ve been following along, you’ll know that while their infections were a-brewin’, they were in Philadelphia playing the Phillies. The Phillies postponed their games with the Yankees (and now the Blue Jays) out of an abundance of precaution, and surprising nobody, Philly has now seen some positive cases.
As more games are being postponed, it’s becoming increasingly clear that trying to cram 60 games into 66 days is going to be a logistical nightmare – it’s hard enough when games are going to be rained out, but now we’ll be seeing teams with an entire series (or two or three!) that will have to be rescheduled. The league has already decided that doubleheaders are going to be limited to seven innings (and in the case of a tie, the eighth will start with a runner on second). How can we realistically expect that all 60 games will be played by each team? And if a team only plays, say 54 games, how could that impact playoff scenarios? Will we go by win percentage vs. record?
One has to wonder at what point the season will be cancelled entirely. If we start seeing that teams that are left in the aftermath of positive cases – as was the case with the Phillies after their series with the Marlins – it’s going to be pretty damning for MLB. Even if a player tests negative before a game, but is already infected and contagious or gets infected between tests, how many players on his own team and the opposing team will be affected before they start spreading it themselves?
The Cardinals just finished playing a couple of games against Minnesota. If the Twins start getting positive tests, does this mean that MLB has done a terrible job with containment, despite a 101-page health and safety protocol? I guess we’ll find out in a few days – if the Twins go down after playing a team that’s seen an outbreak, the writing will be on the wall.
On a somewhat related note, has anyone else noticed the lack of reporting on the part of MLB when it comes to Covid reporting? If you look at MLB.com this morning, the front page has zero mention of the postponements or positive tests:
Yet, many of the other major sports websites are showing the news front and center:
One might start putting on their tin foil hats here that MLB doesn’t want us to worry about a possible season cancellation. Or they might be trying to bury their heads in the sand. Or they might be realizing that they botched the entire comeback from negotiations to implementation. I noticed this happening the other day when I was researching the postponement news with the Marlins, and I’m now realizing that MLB is really doing their best to minimize the situation.
Whatever the case may be, my best wishes go out to those infected for a speedy recovery.