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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

“Is MLB Going to Be Able to Pull This Back?” Health Experts Break Down Baseball’s Plan

One thing baseball has going for it compared to other major team sports—football, basketball, and so on—is that the actual gameplay isn’t particularly conducive to COVID-19 transmission. “An outdoor sport like baseball where [players are] not breathing heavily in each other’s faces seems like a good candidate for a sport that can return,” says Laura Albert, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin whose research includes the optimization of emergency and public health systems.

While Albert isn’t worried as much about the in-game component of MLB’s plan to return in July, though, she has other concerns. Namely, even if the league prohibits sunflower seeds, tobacco, and spitting, there would still be plenty of scenarios during which a player with the virus could spread it to others. “There will be positive cases and there will be transmission between players,” she says. “And I anticipate it happening on airplanes and buses, in the locker rooms or bathrooms. It’s not totally clear how we can change those spaces to be safe if there’s a bunch of people using them.”...

“My fear in this moment for the economy is not continued blackouts,” El-Sayed says. “My fear for the economy is brownouts. It’s that you start up too early and you destroy the public’s trust in our capacity to start up at all, because it doesn’t go well. Institutions are not made to start and stop like this. … The signal that sends, the impact that has, not just on the institution and Major League Baseball, but just the headline: ‘Major League Baseball starts up and then it has to shut down again.’ That’s devastating.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2020 at 07:28 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 26, 2020 at 09:25 PM (#5953713)
An outdoor sport like baseball

Perhaps elsewhere, but not in Arlington any more.
   2. puck Posted: May 27, 2020 at 02:22 AM (#5953747)
What is the plan for players who test positive? Do they just test the rest of the team with one of the quicker tests and call it good for the players who come back negative? Any idea what KBO is doing?
   3. Ron J Posted: May 27, 2020 at 06:45 AM (#5953752)
#2 I know that's what they are doing with English Soccer. They had 6 positive tests and just isolated them.

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