Maybe it was inevitable.
In the past few days, the world of sports has come to
the scream stops when a handful of players test positive for the COVID-19 virus.
It started with soccer players in Europe and eventually reached the NBA where
three known players have already shown that they are positive for coronavirus. Was
just a matter of time before the virus infiltrated other sports.
On Sunday, he entered the Major League Baseball.
The New York Yankees were the first professional baseball
team to announce that one of their minor league players had tested positive for
COVID-19. The team said the unidentified player was quarantined
Friday after developing a fever.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the news
The positive test will certainly have a chain effect in the
MLB world. Probably the whole list of Yankees, both in the major league
and the minor league will need to be tested for the virus.
As of the publication of this story, the team already has
say all of their minor league
players self-quarantine for the next two weeks.
Most likely, the entire spring training facility will
close – if t hasn’t already done so – and a timeline of who entered the unknown
contact with and if he had contact with players from other teams, he will be from
Last Sunday, MLB sent a reminder to all 30 teams,
encourage all organizations to avoid any activity involving players and
people who gather in significant numbers.
“The risk of contracting a player in a club facility
the virus is real, “read part of the memo.
Initially, after Thursday’s announcement that MLB was
suspend their spring training season and delay the start of the regular
season, the spring training facilities had to remain open to allow players to
continue to train and prepare.
Shortly thereafter, the league announced that the facilities would
would close and the players would have the option of returning home or returning
their home market, or remain in their spring training city (in Arizona or
NBC LA spoke to a handful of players on the Los Angeles Dodgers, and many of them were deciding between staying in Arizona or returning to Los Angeles. Many players are renting homes in the Arizona area with rental agreements that expire next week.
Initially, the MLB announced that the regular season would only be delayed “by two weeks”. NBC LA learned that the original interim calendar played a significant role in the players’ decisions on where to stay during the suspension. Many players had the impression that the season could start on April 9th, moving to their home market for the next few weeks the most convenient.
However, following the disease control centers’ announcement on Sunday, all meetings of more than 50 people should be canceled for at least the next eight weeks. The probability of the MLB season starting in April appears to be rather bleak.
In all likelihood, the eight-week barometer is probably longer
accurate, which means that the MLB season could start in late May or early
on June. Many players, including the Dodgers, have to ask themselves, “If
there is no baseball, in which city I would prefer to spend the next two months
It will be interesting to see if the announcement of the
the first baseball player to be positive has a chain effect on the major league
level and if other positive tests are yet to come.