They should have added an elimination factor to the MLB season. More than 3 people in your org test positive for COVID and you're out for the year. You have to win AND keep people safe to make the post-season. Watch how much more seriously teams would take it.
I thought the purpose of the “taxi squad” was to be able to quickly replace a player who goes down due to injury or disease. I don’t understand why the Marlins & Cards couldn’t have quarantined the positives and restocked their lineup almost ion just a couple days. Test the whole clubhouse every day for 3-4 days after a positive result. Make them play with their backups or forfeit.
I’ve actually been saying for some time that we should eliminate teams who have positive results particularly since most of this can be traced to team conduct. What’s happening in the MLB is also a cautionary tale for any colleges that want to attempt sports in the fall. A major league baseball player is being asked to focus their attention on following a set of rules and playing a game that typically earns them $1M+ a year. And yet they’re still not able to do it. What possible reason do we have to believe that a less mature college football player will be able to avoid temptation.
Play with backups after quaranting the positive players and testing the rest of the team for negative results. Fine or suspend those that flagrantly violate covid protocols. Pretty harsh to end someones season for just happening to catch a virus.
MLB should have kept the AAA teams a replacements. If enough guys on the 25 man roster get COVID quarantine everyone and play the AAA guys. It would have put an incentive on the players and management to follow guidelines. The front office would hate paying AAA guys a big league salary and the players would hate losing.
“You’re playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand.” - The Replacements
The concept is sound, unsure what the magic number should be but OW, 7 seems fair. I also don’t understand what a ‘taxi squad’ is for if not to fill in for starters who test positive.
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 9:45 am:
Don’t like the proposal because you can catch it in so many innocent ways (even conceivably catch it from the opposing team). But something like this should have been done - maybe forefeit games when your players are caught breaking the rules.
And this season definitely counts - big asterix of course, but we’ll be talking about this season, who won (if they make it through the whole season), the different strategies for the “sprint season,” etc. for years. It’ll probably even get a display in Cooperstown.
MLB is a good population to look at to see how COVID impacts healthy people. The fatality rate is likely to be zero. Do they want it? Of course not, but they see the value of playing as being worth the risk. Guessing all professional sports combined have a fatality rate of zero. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to be within the population that has a tolerable risk, just need to be a healthy child, adolescent, or adult under 65.
==become to tempting to falsify test results==
Exactly my fear (see Astros, trash cans)
- Complications - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 10:51 am:
People seem to forget that death is not the only possible outcome of covid.
Major organ damage and having 10 years taken off your life expectancy from the damage as reported in medical reports.
Not to mention possibly passing along to someone else that it could damage or kill.
Having a shortened season with an elimination factor is a great idea. We already gone through more than half the baseball season and we should try to get at close to normal as possible. That means the World Series must end at least the first week of November as had been the case these last few years.
When the Marlins outbreak happened, they should have been made to forfeit games- they do that and maybe the other teams get the message and the Cardinals situation doesn’t happen.
Wild to me that MLB didn’t seem to really have a contingency plan for this scenario.
There’s a lot of logistical reasons that made the idea of a full MLB bubble flawed when it was first floated, but in hindsight a kind of NHL style hub set up, planting the 3 divisions in NY/Chicago and the Bay Area and using the MLB and MiLB parks would have been better than trying to pull off travel. But I think most of us has been shown to be naively optimistic that the US would get a handle on things
My argument was for the rules to remain in place: if you can’t field a team, then you forfeit the game. That means if you have to play against the Yankees while your old out of shape mid reliever has to play 3rd base, then so be it.
It’s no coincidence that states that did not take serious action to stop spread also have teams with the most infections: Missouri and Florida. That has me wondering why the Astros haven’t been hit by COVID-19. Perhaps they are cheating and not telling anyone about positive tests? No, they would never do that…
Between Covid absences, opt outs, increased injuries, and the limited schedule where you don’t play many other teams, the competition has been diluted to the point they are really just playing exhibition baseball. So they should play all the games they can and have a little tournament at the end but not cheapen it by calling the championship the World Series, or the winner World Series Champion. No records from this year should be officially recognized for the same reason.