PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – MAY 4
By Leo Haggerty

THINK ABOUT THIS

First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

OK, here’s the skinny.  Major League Baseball is coming up with some different scenarios to try and begin the 2020 season.  Below is the one reason why none of those possible plans are feasible.

MLB want to start the season sometime in June.  With the information that has recently come out from the scientists and doctors who have access to the latest data, this is a bad idea.

The latest predictions for June 1 is that the death rate will increase by 70% from today till then.  If you do the math, as I always encourage you to do, that equates to a rise from 1,750 to 3,000 daily deaths nation wide.

Also, the number of daily positive cases are forecast to go up at an alarming rate.  Projections are for an increase from 25,000 a day to an astounding 200,000 a day in June.

As you can see, things are not expected to improve but decline at an alarming rate. With this knowledge in hand, Commissioner Rob Manfred and the owners have to ask themselves if they really want to start the national pastime and put MLB personnel at risk?

I applaud the Big League baseball powers that be for attempting to come up with a safe and workable way to play ball.  The problem is, in my opinion, that option just does not exist at the present time.

Until the “all clear” is given, MLB needs to be in a complete holding pattern.  Better to be safe than sorry because sorry could mean Commissioner Manfred standing in front of a camera and trying to explain why someone associated with baseball has passed away due to contracting the coronavirus.  Nobody wants to see that happen.

So, I hope that one of the hypothesis that is being discussed is to just lay low for a year until the pandemic is eradicated.  That may be the only safe and intelligent alternative.

I hope MLB is listening.  If they aren’t, the results may be catastrophic.