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Baseball swings and misses in first week

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/28/20, 06:14 pm

The Miami Marlins won’t play again until at least Monday after as many as 17 employees, including 15 players, tested positive for COVID-19. The Philadelphia Phillies, whom Miami played over the weekend, are sidelined until at least Friday. Major League Baseball on Tuesday rescheduled upcoming games to work around the outbreak.

When will other sports start? The NBA is set to relaunch its 2020 season on Thursday from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., where teams will play eight games each to determine playoff seeding. To make up for the absence of fans, the league plans to work with Microsoft to add virtual faces and sounds to TV broadcasts. Qualifiers for the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs start on Saturday: Toronto will host the Eastern Conference games while Edmonton will host the Western Conference contests.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s interview with the author of War Fever, a book that covers how baseball adapted during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.

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Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 08:48 am

    Not to mention kneeling during the National Anthem by most, but not all, players in MLB. And not to forget that the NFL is planning on playing the Black National Anthem prior to Week 1 games of the season's kick off. Both are seasons to forget as is the NBA which is typically easy to forget in non-Pandemic years.


    One should also ask the questions, which is critical in our time of data and misinformation. For the players who tested positive did they have symptoms? Were they sick? I suspect the answer is no for most if not all of them. Or maybe they had mild flu like symptoms. Which in more sane times would not cause mass cancellations of games. 

  • Narissara
    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 02:33 pm

    Adding virtual faces and sounds seems a little dystopian to me, not to mention bizarre and creepy.  I'm not sure why it matters, except for the players' benefit.  They seem to know intuitively they'd be unemployed if it weren't for the fans and yet so many of them could care less.