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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

Players from the Pirates and Marlins banded together in recent days to let Major League Baseball know they want to move the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium to Miami instead, sources said, a view shared by some club officials and staff members as well. Despite the widespread implications – including a possible effect on league relations with Puerto Rico as well as opening a Pandora’s box for athletes leading up to the Summer Olympics in Brazil, another Zika-affected country – MLB is not expected to oppose the players’ choice, sources told Yahoo Sports….

It’s a lot to ask, certainly. After the players met with CDC officials in recent days and were told nobody could guarantee they would leave the island Zika-free, the concerns grew. Players answer to their families before anyone else, and the fear of birth defects among babies born to Zika-infected mothers rightfully scares those who plan on getting pregnant in the near future – particularly considering the disease can be transmitted sexually, and doctors believe it stays in men for months at a time. A study from French Polynesia’s outbreak of Zika in 2013 linking the virus to cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves, further clouds a virus still shrouded in mystery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Marlins, Pirates players are worried about the Zika virus for upcoming Puerto Rico games

The virus, which can be transmitted via mosquitos, has not been transmitted in that fashion in the continental U.S., but there have been nearly 450 confirmed Zika cases contracted in Puerto Rico. The continental U.S. cases — over 350 of them — have all been tied to people traveling to places where there are outbreaks, such as Puerto Rico.

MLB and the union are talking with the players and are looking at Centers for Disease Control guidelines about how to ensure player safety and the prevention of birth defects to any children of players who may become affected. That includes guidelines about abstaining from reproductive sex for up to six months. But that’s obviously not the greatest comfort to some of the players:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 02:27 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika virus

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

This year will feature plenty of international intrigue for MLB

This much is clear: 2016 can be a watershed year for baseball’s international growth, if MLB and the MLBPA partner effectively amid collective bargaining negotiations scheduled to begin this spring.

A synopsis of the packed schedule:

● MLB/MLBPA-operated World Baseball Classic qualifying tournaments in Australia, Mexico and Panama in February and March, followed by another in Brooklyn in September.

● a possible trip by the Tampa Bay Rays to Cuba for two exhibition games in March.

●— a Houston Astros-San Diego Padres spring training game in Mexico City.

● two regular-season games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to honor Roberto Clemente Day.

● off the field, ongoing discussions between MLB and the MLBPA about playing a series in London as soon as 2017.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, international, london, mexico, puerto rico

 

 

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