MLB Continues To Be Impacted By Covid-19

By Matt Noonan

For the second-straight day, Major League Baseball (MLB) is in the news. And it is not good news for those wondering.

According to various reports from earlier today, more members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) while their fifth contest of the 2020 season against the Baltimore Orioles has been postponed. The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies will also not take the field this evening as their game was postponed, too.

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More members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) on Tuesday, July 28. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Miami began its 2020 campaign in Philadelphia and was initially scheduled to host the Orioles last night.

These postponements are not good news for the sport, which hoped to provide some sense of normalcy to many during this unprecedented time. But instead of feeling excited about baseball returning, there seem to be growing fears over if and how this season can continue as it is likely that other players, coaches, and team members will contract the virus over the next few days, weeks, and months.

Of course, we want everyone to stay safe and healthy – these are such scary times – but while other sports have been sent to resume or begin their respective seasons in a “bubble,” one might wonder why MLB did not do this. Yes, there was some talk of sending certain teams and divisions to various areas of the country months ago, but as of now a slew of states, including Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas are experiencing an uptick of coronavirus cases, which does not bode well for teams visiting these areas over the next few weeks and months.

One reporter tweeted an hour ago that it is “unlikely” Baltimore and Miami won’t play in Maryland on Wednesday and Thursday.

We also just learned a short time ago that players on the Washington Nationals have voted to not make the trek to Miami, Florida this weekend to face the Marlins. According to both Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan, the league will have the final say.

Daily Noontime: NFL Players Are Opting Out For The 2020 Season

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday – how is everyone doing?

Yesterday was a crazy day – did you hear the news about members of the Miami Marlins testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Also, the New York Yankees‘ fourth game of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed, which is not good news for Major League Baseball (MLB).

Here is the latest from the baseball world from ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jessica Mendoza (below!):

While it seems like baseball is in a world of hurt, various members of the National Football League (NFL) are beginning to opt-out for the upcoming season.

We learned this morning that Dont’a Hightower of the New England Patriots has decided to stay on the sidelines this fall. Hightower recently became a father and is the fifth member of the Patriots to opt-out for the upcoming season.

Here is the current list of Patriots players that won’t be playing this year:

  • Dont’a Hightower (linebacker)
  • Marcus Cannon (offensive tackle)
  • Danny Vitale (fullback)
  • Najee Toran (guard)
  • Brandon Bolden (running back/special teams)

Could we see more players from our hometown Patriots decide to not play this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?

Brandon Bolden also made headlines this morning, while other members of the league, including Maurice Canady of the Dallas Cowboys, won’t play this year.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seems bullish on playing a “complete” season this year, despite recent upticks in coronavirus cases, but what exactly is does complete mean?

Switching gears (for a moment!), Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco admitted that the league’s biggest opponent in 2020 is Covid-19.

And just because we like to share positive news – it is a great way to wrap-up a ‘Daily Noontime,’ right? – here is New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (below) talking about his love for lacrosse, as well as football!

Should MLB Pause Or Stop The 2020 Season?

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Should Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred consider ending the 2020 season? (PHOTO COURTESY: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

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?

 

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to the first day of July, everyone.

Additionally, welcome to the unofficial start of the second half of 2020 – man, it has been a crazy year, but as usual, we hope everyone is continuing to stay safe, healthy, and happy during this unprecedented time.

Let’s kick off a new month – and yes, the second half of 2020 – with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 

  • The biggest news of the day revolves around baseball.It was announced – and yes, confirmed – yesterday afternoon around dinner time that there would be no Minor League Baseball season this summer. The announcement was made by Pat O’Conner, who is the president of Minor League Baseball.
  • So, with no Minor League Baseball, what does that mean for the sport, along with the various teams that compete both locally and around the country?Luckily, we have a few answers, including why the decision was made at this time.
  • With yesterday’s news surrounding Minor League Baseball, what does that mean about sports, in general, going forward, especially during a pandemic?All in all, the loss of Minor League Baseball is not good on many fronts, including the various communities that rely on these various teams to help their economy.
  • On somewhat of a brighter note, there will be some baseball taking place this summer. But according to Derek Jeter, who is currently the CEO of the Miami Marlins, the sport itself will “suffer” following recent negotiations between the league and Players Association.Are you excited for a short, abbreviated season, beginning later this month?
  • Finally, let’s share some good news: ESPN will air a documentary tonight at 9 p.m. eastern on the Boston Renegades football team, which won a national championship last summer.We are excited to tune in and learn more about this all women’s football team, which has enjoyed a great deal of success the past two years on the gridiron.