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Multiple number of St. Louis Cardinals players test positive for COVID-19; game Saturday postponed

Major League Baseball and the players union still are committed to playing as many games as possible this season, but there have now been 31 games postponed because of positive coronavirus cases after an outbreak on the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals, whose game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday was postponed, have had three players and three staff members test positive the past two days, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the situation.

The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the results have not been announced yet.

The two teams, whose game was also postponed Friday, have a scheduled doubleheader Sunday but it appears unlikely those games will be played.

Commissioner Rob Manfred warned union chief Tony Clark on Friday that if players didn’t improve their protocol efforts the season would be shut down, and alerted their TV network partners to have alternate programming “”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2020 at 11:13 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 01, 2020 at 01:13 PM (#5967347)
Whether we are talking about sports, or restaurants, or retailers, or tourist attractions, or public transportation, or anything else, a truism of this pandemic response is:

The more "back to normal" you try to make an activity, the less likely that it will be sustained and successful.

I watched some NBA basketball last night, and a little NHL hockey early this afternoon. There are things about both that are odd:

- There is no home court advantage
- They are putting 20+ teams in a bubble, and those involved do not get to go home, or get on a plane, or see their family
- The bottom ring of the NHL games is covered with big tarps; the NBA games are basically played inside a giant TV studio, as a practical matter
- The NHL expanded its playoff pool to 24 teams; the NBA invited a bunch of western conference teams, basically, to try to make the playoffs for a few weeks

But the foreign elements of both are what give them both a much better chance of successfully, sustainably executing their plans.

It is insane that MLB thinks you can basically ask a bunch of 21-to-40-year-old professional athletes to "be careful" while getting on airplanes and living their lives in 28 cities around the country; most of them can't even not stand next to each other in the clubhouse during the game. Do you really think they aren't going to sneak a beer with their friends or significant others?

And I think the NFL will find the same problems - although they may have the benefit of learning quickly from MLB how to improve on their non-bubble plan. But football is in for a tough road to hoe, as well.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 01, 2020 at 02:19 PM (#5967364)
One Cardinal player and 3 coaches reported testing positive, so far. Might not be the young guys they need to keep an eye on, although there seems to be different numbers floating about.
   3. asinwreck Posted: August 01, 2020 at 03:01 PM (#5967379)
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: August 01, 2020 at 05:32 PM (#5967415)
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