The first two weeks of the 2020 MLB season has included multiple teams suffering outbreaks of COVID-19. It has threatened to derail the season before it’s really started.
Most recently, the St. Louis Cardinals had to see multiple series postponed due to an outbreak within the organization. Although, we now have some good leaguewide news on his front, as the latest round of COVID-19 tests around MLB has zero positive results.
MLB had no positive tests from yesterday among any teams, so they appear to be moving in the right direction, especially compared to last week. 30 teams could be on field Friday as opposed to last weekend when there were 6 absent.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 5, 2020
Given where baseball was less than a week ago, this has to qualify as some tremendous news.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred previously faced slack for pretty much putting the onus on players as it relates to whether the season would be completed. In reality, it is up to the players and their teams to adhere to policies set forth by the league. It’s also up to the league to change with the times.
We’ve seen both of these things come to the forefront, leading to increased optimism that MLB can be played in this climate.
This also comes on the heels of the NBA announcing no new positive COVID-19 results for the third week in a row. While the NBA being played in a bubble changes the dynamic in that regard, Wednesday’s news from both leagues has to be seen as a step in the right direction.
From here, it will be all about controlling the virus as much as possible. Outside of those who have had games postponed, a vast majority of teams are now about 20 percent of the way through the truncated 60-game MLB season.