ESPN insider Jeff Passan dropped huge news concerning the outlook of the 2020 MLB season when he reported on Monday that team owners are prepared to pay players prorated salaries for the truncated campaign, though the length of which still hasn't been compromised on.
While the extended financial squabble has consumed headlines for the last month, the talk of safety precautions clubs will carry out amid the coronavirus pandemic have taken a back seat. Luckily, Peter Gammons of The Athletic revealed some eye-opening insight on this matter on Tuesday morning.
An anonymous club official told Gammons that, if games are played in home parks, players will dress in upper deck luxury boxes, work out in restaurants and walk to the field through the stands.
That's definitely not what we were expecting. Assuming that players are tested upon returning to their respective ballparks, wouldn't it be "safe" to proceed as if these were normal times? Not getting changed in clubhouses and lifting in restaurants just seems a little extreme when you consider the resources that the league has as its disposal in order to ensure the health and safety of players.
Per the owners' safety proposal, all personnel will be tested for COVID-19 several times per week and results will be available within a 24-hour timeframe. In theory, wouldn't this allow players that test negative allowed to go through their regular pre-pandemic routines so long as they don't break quarantine?
We fully understand that certain safeguards will be implemented by all 30 clubs, and we are in no way understating the severity of the pandemic, but these reported precautions come off as a little bizarre.