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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

MLB threatens harsh discipline for teams violating facility access protocols before spring training

Major League Baseball sent a detailed memo to its 30 teams Monday restricting access to their facilities and limiting voluntary workouts before the start of spring training, according to a copy of the document obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

While Cleveland and several major league teams planned to open their spring-training facilities this week to their players and staff for voluntary workouts, MLB sent the memo to every team’s front office with strict regulations, threatening harsh disciplinary measures to any team violating the procedures.

“We have been informed that some clubs intend to increase the number of players at their Spring Training facilities in January and February prior to the commencement of spring training,’’ the memo reads. “As you are all aware, COVID-19 is surging in the United States, and conditions may worsen after the holiday season. We have not yet received firm guidance from our medical experts on whether it is safe to conduct organized workouts in Club facilities under current conditions, and the protocols that would be required to conduct such workouts safely.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2021 at 03:54 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2021 at 04:49 PM (#5997593)
No players will be disciplined, just AJ Hinch.
   2. Ron J Posted: January 05, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#5997603)
#1 It's a strategy proven to work. When in doubt discipline AJ Hinch.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 05, 2021 at 06:53 PM (#5997612)
Players won’t be allowed to use team facilities, which presumably have tightly controlled access, extensive testing, and state-of-the-art hygiene & social-distancing measures, while they ramp up their workouts for the start of spring training, but will be left to their own devices. What could go wrong?
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 06, 2021 at 07:03 AM (#5997642)
No players will be disciplined, just AJ Hinch

Dear God, hasn't the man been punished enough?

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