MLB team canceling games due to COVID-19 outbreak may not end season, according to report

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On Tuesday, after weeks of wrangling between the parties, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed on the MLB Players Association a 60-game season that is supposed to launch on July 23 or 24. , given the state of the pandemic in the country. – especially in Arizona, Florida and Texas – it’s fair to wonder if MLB will get the season off the ground, and what it would take for the league to eliminate the season entirely.

SNY’s Andy Martino gave some insight into what the league-union deal says about the pandemic that caused a premature end to the season.

According to Martino’s report, there are three conditions that could lead to the cancellation of the season: 1) if restrictions are imposed on travel throughout the country; 2) if the season presents “an unreasonable health and safety risk to players or staff to organize such games”; and 3) if the competitive integrity of the season is compromised by the number of available players.

Of course, it can (and should) be argued that the season presents an “unreasonable health and safety risk to players or staff” today, but that MLB seems inclined to continue regardless of potential health risks. in the short and long term. be taken up by players, coaches, essential workers and the families of everyone else involved.

Regarding the third point, Martino points out that there is no set number of positive tests that trigger the cancellation of the season. In fact, Martino reports that a team that is forced to cancel games due to an outbreak “would not automatically mean the end of the season.”

If that’s the case, then the answer to “what would it take for MLB to scrap its season?” It seems to be as sadly sad as it is predictable.