PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – AUGUST 25
By Leo Haggerty

IS THE MLB DIKE BREAKING

Ok, here’s the latest hiccup for Major League Baseball.  Frankly, I’m not surprised.  It’s just the nature of the beast.

The latest games to be postponed were “The Subway Series” last weekend between the two New York teams. The Mets also had their final tilt with the Marlins in Miami scratched as well.

This was because two members of their travelling party tested positive in Miami after experiencing symptoms.  According to the Metropolitans General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, both the player and the staff member are feeling better.

When the team returned to The Big Apple, four other members of the organization were left behind to be quarantined in South Florida.  That was due to the fact that they were judged to be in close contact with the infected individuals. The quartet returned to New York after they were cleared.

This forces the Mets into scheduling hell.  It starts with a doubleheader tonight against the Marlins and twin bills with the Yankees Friday and Sunday in the Bronx.

So, if you do that math, that adds up to nine games in six days.  That’s something no team wants to have to go through especially with an overworked and injury depleted pitching staff.

Now, I’m not blaming MLB for the outbreaks.  I’m blaming the system.

The Big Leagues had no way of creating a “bubble” environment that has been established by the NBA and the NHL.  The Major Leagues just are too big to put 15 organizations at one or two separate venues.

Travelling to different cities and staying for extended periods of time is a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to possible exposure to Covid-19.  There’s just too many people dealing with too many variables for this to be a full-fledged success.

Hey, hardball, you’re trying.  Commission Rob Manfred must feel like the Greek mythological figure Sisyphus.  He was doomed to push a boulder up a steep hill and, when he was just ready to accomplish that feat, the rock rolled back down the incline every time.

Just when MLB thinks they have the pandemic under control, another team succumbs to the virus.  That takes the Big Leagues back to square one and the schedule-makers go back into overdrive.

Expect this scenario to be repeated more than once.  Like I said earlier, it inevitable so deal with it.