PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – JUNE 29
By Leo Haggerty
MLB is DOA
I hate to be the bearer of bad tiding but, if you’re looking forward to Major League Baseball returning in July, that’s just not happening. In fact, don’t expect to see The Boys of Summer until 2021 at the earliest.
Why would I make that statement? Read below and that will make it crystal clear at to why I have come to that sad conclusion.
First, let’s just deal with the three states that have emerged as the epicenters for confirmed cases related to the pandemic in the last few days. Those states are Florida and Texas and Arizona.
Now, just for good measure, let’s add to that group California and New York. Those two states are in the top five of overall Covid-19 positive results.
Finally, to put the icing on the cake, let’s add Georgia to the mix. Why, you ask? The Peach State has now entered the top five states that have experienced the biggest jump in positive coronavirus tests over the last 72 hours.
If we just deal with those six targeted states, as it applies to MLB, that’s where 11 franchises that are located. That’s just over 33% of all Big League teams.
So, 11 teams that call home are located in a metropolitan area that is in the crosshairs of this deadly virus. Do you think any of the other 19 ball clubs are really willing to going to these centers of Covid-19? I think not.
Plus, we haven’t even broached the subject of what will transpire when these clubs travel to other areas of the United States and Canada. To say the welcome mat has been taken away when the teams with the “Scarlet Letter C” are scheduled to come to town is an understatement.
I hate to say this but it’s time for Commissioner Rob Manfred and the owners as well as the MLBPA to embrace the inevitable. Baseball just isn’t happening in 2020. The risk is totally not worth the reward.