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Friday, July 03, 2020

31 MLB players, 7 staff test positive for COVID-19, or 1.2%

Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%.

MLB and the players’ association announced the results Friday as teams resumed workouts for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start. Opening day has been reset for July 23, the latest in baseball history.

The positive tests occurred among 19 of the 30 teams, according to results of the samples sent to the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in South Jordan, Utah. There were 3,185 samples collected and tested through the first week of intake testing.

Individual players have not been identified, but some teams have raised suspicions by placing players on an injured list this week without announcing an injury.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 03, 2020 at 05:12 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: July 03, 2020 at 06:17 PM (#5960909)
Does anybody know if MLB is also doing serological tests for players and staff?

These would seem to be PCR tests from nasopharyngeal swabs.
   2. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 03, 2020 at 11:34 PM (#5960944)
How are you feeling?
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 04, 2020 at 12:01 AM (#5960951)
I heard on Effectively Wild today (I’m several days behind) that the protocol was for saliva tests, the source being an epidemiologist who had read the full document. Not sure if that ended up being confirmed.
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 04, 2020 at 12:12 AM (#5960953)
This 60 game, half-arsed season they are trying to get off the ground is a joke. Trout is seriously considering, with very good reason, of opting out. If he goes, then the dominoes will fall and lots of players will follow suit.

These are strange times and cobbling together a fraction of a season for whatever reasons is just not that important.

I'd probably only watch after it's like 50 games in and someone is hitting .420 or something totally random like that, otherwise, I can't see the point.
   5. Hank Gillette Posted: July 04, 2020 at 05:24 AM (#5960962)
I'd probably only watch after it's like 50 games in and someone is hitting .420 or something totally random like that, otherwise, I can't see the point.


I would totally watch the games if they actually play, but I think trying to play during a pandemic is a really bad idea. In the big picture, baseball and other sports just are not that important.

If you wait until 50 games in, you probably are not going to see any games.
   6. The Duke Posted: July 04, 2020 at 10:07 AM (#5960970)
This will be a GREAT season if covid doesn’t derail it. Every game will be a playoff game. No kicking around letting a pitcher “find his stuff” or letting Dexter Fowler work through his multiple 1-23 slumps. I’m betting we will see calls for the season to shorten after this one. I’d love to see them go to something like 140 games, start in mid -April to avoid the crappy weather and end the world series in first week of October like they used to.
   7. JRVJ Posted: July 04, 2020 at 10:07 AM (#5960971)
2, enduring it.

Other than feeling very, very tired on Wednesday and somewhat tired yesterday, I haven't really had any symptoms.

No fever, my oxgen intake is fine, so again, enduring it.
   8. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 04, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5960979)
Hugh - I agree that starting the season is a bad idea but I also think that’s true of any number of things. I shouldn’t be going into my office (let alone working next to my ######### boss who refuses to wear a mask) and most business shouldn’t be open.

With that said if it is safe to open there is no reason to have some kind of a season. Baseball>No Baseball.

JRVJ - Be well.

Duke - See for me a lot of the stuff you describe is a feature not a bug. I hate the endless parade of relievers and seeing guys battle out of a slump is something I find interesting. I think you’re right that there may be calls for shorter seasons and while I like the longer term stuff I think going to 140 for the weather issues you describe makes sense.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 04, 2020 at 01:04 PM (#5961009)
I think you’re right that there may be calls for shorter seasons and while I like the longer term stuff I think going to 140 for the weather issues you describe makes sense.
More baseball is better than less baseball. There could still be public health concerns affecting MLB in 2021, so that could complicate things, but whenever we return to normal, or thereabouts, MLB will go back to 162 games in order to maximize revenue for owners & players.
   10. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: July 04, 2020 at 01:19 PM (#5961013)
Best of health to JRVJ and everyone...
   11. Walt Davis Posted: July 04, 2020 at 08:05 PM (#5961065)
More baseball is better than less baseball ... but starting only to have to shut down after 20 games ... or starting but losing a team a week due to outbreaks ... or starting with every player with a contract over $10 M sitting it out ... or of course starting only to have a player contract it and die. I don't expect any of those things to happen but I'm very much in a "wait and see" mode than anything like my usual opening day mode. Under the best-case secnario, right now it feels more like spring training or an all-star game than "real baseball is almost here." Add in the risk ...

But it would be fair to say that I'm not much of a "some baseball is better than no baseball" fan I guess. I never went to a college baseball game despite studying and working on a D1 campus for nearly 20 years. I have been to a good number of minor-league games but that was always way more about hanging out with friends while paying minimal attention to the game. For baseball more than any other sport I've watched over the years, I really only care about MLB and in large part because I know I'm seeing the very best (well, the Cub variant of that). And even then -- I don't think I've ever watched a second of the WBC much less Olympic baseball. So I am worried this is going to be a doubly half-arsed season.

Like the rest of the planet, I just want 2020 to be over with so I'd just as soon we fast-forwarded through this season. But of course we don't get to break the laws of time and these 6 months are going to stretch slowly and I'm already barely scraping by with Netflix, etc. I will probably welcome the distraction of this season much more than I expect.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: July 04, 2020 at 08:09 PM (#5961067)
Possibly a relevant example for MLB ... I see a new outbreak in frat houses at U Washington (17 cases across 15 houses I think) ... and regular school's not even in session. Frat culture and professional locker room culture and young adult male with money culture have some similarities.
   13. Jay Z Posted: July 04, 2020 at 08:31 PM (#5961072)
Possibly a relevant example for MLB ... I see a new outbreak in frat houses at U Washington (17 cases across 15 houses I think) ... and regular school's not even in session. Frat culture and professional locker room culture and young adult male with money culture have some similarities.


I don't doubt this... cancel sports, will it even have any effect on these guys' lifestyle?
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 04, 2020 at 09:12 PM (#5961087)
Frat culture and professional locker room culture and young adult male with money culture have some similarities.
MLB doesn’t have the same locker room culture this season. Teams are using auxiliary locker rooms, and staggering drills, to keep the players more distanced, and disinfecting far more often, with ‘reminder’ warning signs prominently posted. Even the cramped quarters at Fensawy Park have been supplemented by converting luxury suites into two-man locker rooms.
   15. puck Posted: July 05, 2020 at 08:10 PM (#5961220)
I hope MLB fares better than MLS. The Dallas team has had 10 players test positive (3 before leaving for the Orlando tourney, and 7 tested positive upon arrival).

Nashville had 5 players test positive (4 after arriving at Orlando). The teams are all testing the day before flying out, so the positives upon arriving at Orlando are thought to be cases caught in the cities of origin but that had not developed enough to trip the test.

Some times have delayed their flights (such as the Colorado Rapids, who had someone test positive and are re-testing everyone).

   16. Walt Davis Posted: July 06, 2020 at 02:04 AM (#5961236)
by converting luxury suites into two-man locker rooms.

MLB really owes me a consulting fee.

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