Major League Baseball will have teams decide whether they will allow fans in the stands this season “based on local, state ordinances and procedures,” reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Schulman expresses doubt that the Giants or Athletics will play in front of fans in 2020.
It may be a different story for the Miami Marlins, as Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez told Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 that he’ll at least consider allowing spectators at Marlins games. The Marlins will first have to come up with an effective social distancing plan, however, and that could be especially difficult with coronavirus cases in Florida rising at an alarming rate.
Meanwhile, speaking with Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald and other reporters Wednesday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said: “It’s a possibility” that Fenway Park will be able to host fans some time this year. Kennedy added: “There are clubs around Major League Baseball that are anticipating having fans in their ballparks,” though it remains to be seen whether that will prove to be wishful thinking.
There is more to report from around MLB:
- Kennedy and Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom offered further updates on the franchise, as Mastrodonato was among those to cover on Twitter. Bloom revealed the Red Sox have had one player test positive for the coronavirus, but that individual is no longer exhibiting any symptoms. Those who do test positive are required to have a 14-day quarantine/monitoring period, and then have to test negative on multiple occasions before returning, Bloom said.
- Bloom also spoke on outfielder Alex Verdugo and right-hander Collin McHugh, two players who have dealt with injuries. A stress fracture in Verdugo’s back slowed him during the first version of spring training, but one of the key components of the Mookie Betts trade will be a full-go for Boston when camp resumes in July. And McHugh, still on the mend from elbow problems that limited him in 2019, is making progress. The Red Sox are hopeful he’ll be able to pitch this season, which is his first with the club. Boston signed the ex-Astro to a one-year, incentive-heavy deal in free agency.
- Back to the Marlins, who recently had a player and a staff member test positive for the virus at their Jupiter, Fla., complex, Craig Mish of Sports Grid reports. Both people are now asymptomatic.
- The Cardinals have become the latest team to make a financial commitment to their minor-leaguers until the conclusion of the season, according to Anne Rogers of MLB.com. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Wednesday the Cardinals will pay their minors talent $400 a week through August, the end of a season those individuals likely won’t be able to play.