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Thursday, August 06, 2020

MLB players on how they’ve had to adapt, from no fans in the stands to no couches in the clubhouse

Rethinking gathering spots

The Los Angeles Angels had their first night off on the road on July 25 in Oakland. The players and coaches ordered food and staged a casual, socially distant gathering. Angels manager Joe Maddon said it was “pretty cool, actually.” The experience prompted Maddon to speak with the team’s traveling secretary, Tom Taylor, about booking two additional large rooms—one for the players, one for the coaches—so they could gather in groups to wind down after road games.

“Maybe that will satiate their desires to go elsewhere,” Maddon said.

Hanging out in the clubhouse

Ideally, players would be dressed in full uniform before their arrival at the ballpark, but MLB understood the unlikelihood of that from the onset. The key is to maximize the amount of time players spend outdoors, which has prompted teams to make their clubhouses as unwelcoming as possible. Angels starter Dylan Bundy arrived at the visiting clubhouse on July 24 in Oakland and realized that all the couches were gone.

“It’s the bare necessities in there,” he said. “It’s your clothes and locker, and that’s about it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2020 at 10:34 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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