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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Moment of Truth: Why We Need Baseball in 2020

The spread of the novel coronavirus has altered our way of life in a plethora of ways. People are sick. People are dying. There are more important things to worry about than baseball right now. That should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway.

So why push for the return of baseball or sports in general? Why try to rush back when it could backfire in a number of ways? Not only would it be a public relations nightmare, but it could put the health and safety of the players, coaches, executives, and media at risk.

To set the record straight, no sport will return before public health experts deem it safe for the aforementioned parties. Yes, there will probably be drastic measures taken, like potentially having players sit apart in the stands instead of congregating in close quarters in their team’s respective dugouts, along with a number of other over-the-top safety precautions. Once government officials give the “all clear” for any kind of return, even for games without fans, professional sports leagues will do it – and they should.

Yes, having sports back gives us something to root for. That narrative has been expressed by a myriad of sports writers, players, and even team executives/owners. There are people that don’t agree, but a significant amount of the population would rather have some semblance of sports than no sports at all.

A few words about what this all means, in terms both economic and otherwise.


QLE Posted: April 26, 2020 at 12:34 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: coronavirus, national pastime

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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 27, 2020 at 05:33 PM (#5945165)
People are sick. People are dying.

There always are.

There are more important things to worry about than baseball right now.

There always are.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 28, 2020 at 12:49 AM (#5945289)
I'd like to see how crazy the Gulf Coast states would be if there were no college football in 2020 (even though it would give those ridiculously obnoxious LSU fans another year to claim to be National Champions).
   3. JJ1986 Posted: April 28, 2020 at 09:43 AM (#5945362)
There always are.
   4. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 28, 2020 at 10:15 AM (#5945378)
We HAVE baseball...Taiwan and soon Korea. We can live without MLB for one year.

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