By Matt Noonan
Rob Manfred might want to consider pressing the pause button or perhaps shutting down the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) season.
With today’s news of 14 members of the Miami Marlins testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), perhaps this is a sign that maybe, just maybe, traveling to play baseball during a pandemic this summer is not something we should do.
The 2020 season – a short, 60-game sprint – began last week with some bad news when Juan Soto, an outfielder for the Washington Nationals, tested positive prior to his team’s initial contest against the New York Yankees. Soto recently tested negative but needs an additional negative result before returning to the diamond.
Let’s hope Soto does test negative (again), so we can see him back on the field either later this week or next month.
But while we anxiously await word of Soto’s next test, it just seems likely that we will learn of more players, along with coaches and staff members that will test positive for the virus as the season progresses. The United State of America has recorded more than four million cases of Covid-19, while 1.3 million individuals have recovered
Baseball, unlike other sports that have restarted, is not playing in a “bubble,” so the chances of players, coaches, and staff members testing positive for the virus seems more likely from staying in hotels to traveling to various ballparks on planes and busses.
No matter what happens, Manfred, along with the owners, coaches, and players knew they were taking a risk with playing games during a pandemic, but is it worth the risk continuing to play with cases on the rise in various states across the country, including here in Massachusetts?