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!

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone – hope you are ALL doing well while continuing to stay safe, happy, and healthy.

Let’s get to some headlines, beginning with the return of Major League Baseball (MLB) – yay, baseball is back!


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • There will be a baseball season, beginning late next month.Teams will be reporting to their home cities next week to take part in spring training 2.0. And one of those teams – the Philadelphia Phillies seem excited to be back on the field to begin preparations for hopefully a successful 60 game season.
  • Speaking of baseball, are you excited to cheer on our hometown Boston Red Sox?Whether you’re excited or not excited, the Red Sox will be playing baseball this summer (and fall), and we will keep our fingers crossed that group of ballplayers will be able to contend for a pennant.
  • It was announced yesterday that Tufts University would be opening its doors to students this fall. But if students don’t feel comfortable returning to campus, they can either study remotely “or take time away from Tufts,” according to The Tufts Daily. Students will need to make a decision about the fall between now and Tuesday, June 30.What does this mean for Tufts athletics? Will we see the Jumbos compete in football?

    As of now, a 2020 schedule hasn’t been posted, but like other schools in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), we should know more in the coming days and weeks.

  • With more student-athletes testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), thoughts of playing college football this fall are starting to look bleak. But hey, what do we know?
  • Finally, Danny Ventura of the Boston Herald reported yesterday that Mystic Valley has decided to suspend its upcoming football season. Could we see more as we inch closer toward a brand new school year?

On This Date In History: Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

As usual, we hope EVERYONE is doing well and staying safe – we will overcome this unusual time.

And as mentioned yesterday, we are starting a new daily post – On This Date in History – so let’s highlight some exciting (and amazing) sports memories that occurred on April 5th.


On This Date in History: April 5th

  • 1967: Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds in a postseason contest against the Boston Celtics.
  • 1973: The NFL announces a jersey-number system that assigns certain ranges of numbers to each player position from which they can choose.
  • 1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record.
  • 1990: John Stockton reaches 1,000 assists for the third consecutive season.
  • 1998: The Arizona Diamondbacks win their first-ever win in franchise history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The win over the Giants snapped a five-game losing streak – it was the worst start for any expansion team in MLB history.
  • 2005: The Washington Nationals lose their inaugural season-opener to the Philadelphia Phillies. The contest marked the first time a professional baseball team competed (and represented) the nation’s capitals since the Washington Senators departed the area following the 1971 season.
  • 2014: Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire earned his 1,000th career win when his team beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-3.
  • 2016: Breanna Stewart led the Connecticut women’s basketball team to an NCAA Championship win over Syracuse by netting 24 points.
  • 2019: Oklahoma City‘s Russell Westbrook‘s becomes the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for three-straight years after leading the Thunder to a 123-110 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.