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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Legendary baseball agent Scott Boras has a plan to bring the game back

One of the most powerful sports agents in the country has a plan to ready America for its return from coronavirus and, unsurprisingly, it involves baseball.

While Major League Baseball has yet to publicly put forth its plan for the return of baseball, Scott Boras, who has negotiated more than $10 billion worth of contracts for some of the biggest stars in the game, said sports have a unifying effect on culture and there’s no better way to begin the return to normalcy than through America’s favorite pastime.

“I’m not waiting for big pharma,” Boras told CNBC in an interview this week. “While pharma is working on vaccines, we need to advance earlier.”

Boras has spent his days in isolation consulting with immunologists and medical experts around the world, and he said this elite class of professional baseball players, made up of young healthy athletes, are the perfect subjects to get America running again if done properly.

Well, everyone else does….

QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 23, 2020 at 01:59 AM (#5943320)
I fully expect Boras to negotiate a contract clause that gives the player a bonus every season their Covid-19 antibody levels are above a certain level in the spring.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 23, 2020 at 02:12 AM (#5943322)
The plan, which is 1st mentioned 10 paragraphs into the article:
According to that plan, spring training would start immediately in Florida and Arizona. The league would follow a concept called functional isolationism, protecting parts of a system from the contiguous parts. Boras said this concept was successfully used by South Korea and Singapore during their own COVID-19 crisis. On Tuesday, South Korea kicked off baseball preseason games without fans.

Boras’ plan has players and personnel would arriving for spring training in stages: pitchers and catchers first, followed by position players, and then everyone else. Once they arrive, they would be categorized into three groups: those who had coronavirus and have the antibodies to fight against it, those who haven’t had it and those who have it currently. An isolation plan would be put in place, keeping infected players away from the team for a period of time and allowing the healthy players to begin training in isolation from their families and friends.

The league would contract one of the private medical labs for routine testing throughout the process.
. . .
When the time is right to start, which Boras said is June at the earliest and the beginning of July at the latest, the games will return without fans in the stands. During games and practice, Boras envisions players in the dugout wearing more than just baseball gloves, but also the rubber gloves that have become ubiquitous during the cornavirus crisis. Players would take precautions such as wearing masks during batting practice.

Boras said while playing without fans may not be ideal to some players, he said the players he represents are in favor of playing the game they love with or without fans for this period of time.
Boras also suggests California as a bubble site.

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