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As Major League Baseball and the Players Union continue to discuss how to appropriately start a 2020 season, the next step on Friday involved the health and safety of players and personnel. Per Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic (see link below), the league sent a 67-page document to the MLBPA for approval by the players, detailing a long list of protocols meant to promote social distancing and reduce the risk of an outbreak.

The protocols cover a wide range of topics. The plan calls for frequent testing, both in terms of actual tests for the virus and also constant temperature checks to look for fevers. In includes discouragements and/or outright bans on some unsanitary behaviors such as spitting, high-fives, and pitchers licking their fingers while on the mound. There will also be avoidance of crowded situations, such as indoor team meetings, indoor batting cages, and traditional dugout and clubhouse setups, plus team facilities like communal showers and saunas.

The league’s proposal still must be signed off by the players, so the details could yet change, but at least this part of the conversation has begun.


Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s family got some good news on the coronavirus front over the weekend. Former manager Art Howe, who was hospitalized last Tuesday after a positive test and severe symptoms, showed enough improvement that he was released from the ICU on Sunday and is back home continuing his recovery. Athletics Nation is thrilled to hear this positive news and we continue to wish the best to Howe and his family.

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