Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Just when you thought the labor dispute between MLB and its players might completely ruin the chance for a 2020 season, the original problem that caused this whole mess has popped back into the picture: the coronavirus pandemic.
“If the question is time, I would try to keep it in the core summer months and end it not with the way we play the World Series, until the end of October when it’s cold. I would avoid that,” said infections disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a story by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
That’s not a proclamation that baseball definitely won’t work in October, but rather a guideline based on what little is known about a disease that has proven somewhat unpredictable so far. Fauci has long warned of a second wave of the virus as the weather cools down and people spend more time indoors, hence his advice to avoid playing too late into the year.
Meanwhile, cases have already begun to increase again in some states, even as temperatures are still rising at the outset of summer. Recent reports also revealed that several MLB and NFL players have tested positive for the virus.
To this point, the league and players have mostly been arguing about money, with both sides generally agreeing that it’s possible to safely play some games with proper health protocols in place. We’ll see if that continues to be the case, and/or if MLB gets spooked by the possibility of the cash-cow postseason being canceled. One way or other, any re-heightened concerns about the ongoing pandemic could serve as yet another complicating factor in this whole debacle.
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Best of Twitter:
The clock is still ticking
MLB has little choice but to negotiate a deal w/players now. MLB can’t punt on the season when every other sport — including contact sports — are intending to play. And it’s apparent MLB finds mandating a season (and the specter of a grievance and books being opened) unpalatable— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 16, 2020
The Astros organization, rightly raked over the coals for the sign-stealing stuff & subsequent reaction to it, deserve all the praise it can get for this.And don’t come at me with “they shouldn’t be praised for doing the right thing!” Because not enough teams have taken this step https://t.co/nhsZzoxSF7— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 16, 2020
Someone please tell Rob Manfred there’s no crying in baseball
If MLB cant get there, us women are ready to jump in and play! pic.twitter.com/lQc0HeY8WH— Justine Siegal (@justinebaseball) June 14, 2020
Technically he hasn’t struck out all year! (For those who don’t follow the farm system, Theroux is an A’s minor league catcher and Bay Area local.)
This was the year I was gonna hit .250 and stop striking out too :/ dang it— Collin Theroux (@CollinTheroux) June 16, 2020
My new @wilsonballglove!✌ ☮️♥️ pic.twitter.com/lH3gNmpp2y— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 16, 2020
In case you forgot just how great Big Mac was
Barry Bonds could return to baseball and go 213-for-213 with 213 home runs and Mark McGwire would still have hit home runs at a greater rate.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) June 14, 2020
This is YouTube, not Twitter, but awesome nonetheless