While the Major League Baseball owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association are negotiating over the mount of games to play and how much money to divide up and who gets what, sports teams around the country and running into a real problem: COVID-19 doesn’t seem to care about their plans.

Facilities have been opened up for less than two weeks at the spring training sites in both Arizona and Florida and the Phillies are the first team we know of that have been hit by an “outbreak”, so to speak, as they’ve had multiple players and staff test positive for COVID-19. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia had the news first. Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer is also reporting that the spread extends beyond just those employees, but to a adult and child family members of those employees (numbers unspecified).

The Toronto Blue Jays have shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin after a player began to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the player for Toronto is a pitcher on the 40-man roster who was recently around players in the Phillies farm system.

This news was shortly followed up with news that the Tampa Bay Lightning have shut down their operations facility after multiple positive tests of their own, too. This was first reported by Diana C. Nearhos of The Tampa Bay Times.

The University of Texas has had 13 players test positive for COVID-19 according to Dave Wilson of ESPN. Kansas State had eight athletes of 130 that were tested come back as positive for COVID-19.

All of this simply begs the question: Should we even be playing sports right now? There’s evidence of lung damage, even in those who are young and healthy in some cases. There’s evidence linking COVID-19 to bloodclots, which have led to death. Among children there’s been evidence linking COVID-19 to Kawasaki Disease. The coaching staffs of teams around Major League Baseball aren’t exactly in the “low risk” crowd, either.

Is it worth it?

61 Responses

  1. Jefferson J Reed

    It’s a good question. Surely we’re aware of the record high Coronavirus cases in Florida, Texas and Arizona.

    • RojoBenjy

      Every time the count goes up it’s a record, because it is the first time the disease has been around.

      Still, the point is well-made; the negotiation drama seems to have left out the impact of the virus.

      • Doug Gray

        Record in terms of cases in a single day, not record cases overall.

      • RojoBenjy

        The number of cases reported per day is directly proportional to the newly acquired ability to test a lot of people very quickly. I’m sure it has something also to do with folks interacting in public more–but since we didn’t have the testing capability back in March through May that we do now–the comparisons are a bit skewed.

        But I really didn’t come here to talk epidemiology and neither did most folks, so I’ll make this my last such comment.

        GO REDS!!!

      • greenmtred

        Increased testing has an impact on the numbers, but hospitalizations are up, too, and that’s not affected by testing. Any action–like having a MLB season–should be evaluated by its impact on the spread of the virus, not just short-term economic concerns.

  2. TR

    At this point I think maybe you just cancel the season. This isn’t going away and you are going to have small outbreaks that result in teams being less than full strength. The WS Champs (if even possible) will devalued in history even more. Maybe losing a season will make owners and players more likely to work together as both lose money.

    • RojoBenjy

      “Maybe losing a season will make owners and players more likely to work together as both lose money.”

      I heard that!

      • JayTheRed

        Just wanted to say that even if the single day records are broke like you said you have to pay attention to the percent of cases with infection versus the amount of tests. The Percentage increase is what is key.

        If the percentage increase, say 10 percent of new cases for a single day of the total tests taken then that is an overall increase in infection per single day instance. If that percentage continues to increase then that is what we all should be worried about.

  3. CallowayPost

    Unfortunately, as the country has gotten restless, 120,000 deaths has not been overwhelming focus, because that amount is low enough to where most people don’t know someone who has had it. It’s a sad reality.

    Most of the country has opened up, and has been actively keeping up with their own phases and their dates, while saying things counter intuitive. In California, as of today, specifically LA county, just allowed the last holdouts for businesses to reopen with new health guidelines, while cases rise, causing the governor to announce that face masks are STILL required out in public.

    I think MLB continues trying to reopen if only for that money, letting those at risk choose not to play or participate, without risk of losing their jobs. I believe there are things to implement to mitigate the risk…but it’s absolutely going to require hiring people to observe and enforce these rules. Compliance is going to be key when implementing these safety procedures. People are too unaware of the things they are doing.

    • Sliotar

      @Doug Gray wrote

      “Is it worth it?”

      Only MLB, the owners and most importantly, the players can decide that.
      If they don’t play … they don’t. To each their own.

      I think the optics will be horrible for MLB long-term if the NBA and/or NHL go on to finish their seasons….and MLB does not play now.

      Also, if MLB does not play in 2020 … I am not sure it will be any easier in starting Spring Training in February 2021. No guarantee of a vaccine, some players living in cold conditions, angst from not playing now, etc.

      Fear can take over sports leagues, just like with individual persons.

    • NY Scott

      I had covid-19. I haven’t posted here in many years but still read daily. Doug may remember me … maybe.

      I live north of NYC and know many people who got it. I don’t know anyone who died but know people who had relatives die. I almost didn’t get tested because I knew I had it so what was the test going to prove. Many have had it and didn’t get tested. I had the bad cough, blood clots and a fever for 14 days followed by an irregular heart beat. Now I’m fine and up to running 5 miles every other day.

      I really hope they don’t cancel the season but like everyone else, I’d understand if they did.

      Now you (kind-of) know someone who got it.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Thankfully I haven’t had it but I personally know 9 who did, seven from the company I just retired from in February. Three hospitalized, one of them died, another was on a ventilator for 25 days but lived. Two others with moderate symptoms (much worse than the flu by their report), the rest with relatively mild symptoms and all seven back to work eventually, missing anywhere from 22-61 days. Two of the hospitalized were older and not part of the people from work. Age range of the seven from 30ish to 80’s.

    • JayTheRed

      Yes the sad thing for me is that 120,000 people that’s like 2.5 of my cities that I live in almost. Imagine if say 3 50,000 people cities just all died with in 6 months. Ouch.

  4. dennis stratton

    No deep thought here, but the way 2020 is going unfortunately it just seems fitting to wave the white flag on the season.

    • RojoBenjy

      Every baseball player on earth has been affected. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration.

      Kids’ baseball cancelled, HS baseball, College, LLWS cancelled. Summer leagues shortened, school-aged player development in shambles.

      Seems like a “lost season.” Like the WWII era but related to all levels of baseball.

  5. RojoBenjy

    Valid points, Doug.

    Fact correction on the Kawasaki Disease thing: it’s not Kawasaki Disease, but a syndrome that acts like it. The pediatric providers are learning about it as we go.

  6. Old-school

    Interruption is the new normal in our society and will be for the medium term. Owners may decide this latest interruption and the real risk for many more simply isn’t worth it.

    Players and staff will contract the virus, whether baseball is played or not. It’s a pandemic.

    But, this isn’t ebolavirus. It’s not even polio. We will get through it- just not on a sports season timetable.

  7. Stock

    you can not complete a season without a quarantine. If the players want more money they need to be quarantined in FLA/AZ and separate themselves from others for 2.5 months. Wives and children are welcome under the condition that they know and understand they are part of the Quarantine.

    This will not happen and even if the season starts we will not see a playoff.

    • RojoBenjy

      MLB & MLBPA: “ok now we can play baseball”

      COVID-19: “I don’t think so fellas–nice try, though”

  8. ClevelandRedsFan

    I don’t know how MLB players and owners will feel now that the risk is definitely greater than it was 3 weeks ago when negotiations started.

    But I do know the waiving of the grievance/legal action will become imperative for owners.

  9. Carolyn Hazlett

    I simply don’t think it’s worth the risk to have baseball this year. This pandemic may go on for a long while.

    • Sliotar

      Fair enough … but when will it be “safe” to play MLB?

      No guarantee of a vaccine … even if there is one, there is certainly a segment of the U.S. population that will not willingly take it, for religious or other reasons.

      Demand proof of being vaccinated to be admitted to a MLB park? Will definitely affect the attendance.

      Go online and see responses to AMC Theaters requiring a mask to attend a movie … and that is a mask, not a vaccine.

      “May go on a long while” implies, IMO, “society should learn to take precautions and try and keeping going.”

      • vegastypo

        I think it would be best to skip this season and see what happens over the rest of this year and early next year. Maybe a vaccine or other mitigating treatment will emerge. But if not, then would be a better time to decide how to proceed.

        And if other sports decide to resume and are successful, more power to them. But I don’t think that is a justifiable reason for MLB to proceed.

  10. Don

    Should we even have a baseball season?
    Yes

    Just like all of life, gather all the knowledge one can, make a decision and adjust/compensate along the way.
    Everyone in society needs to figure out a way to live their life as all parts of life have risks and get as much enjoyment out of their life as they can.

    • Doug Gray

      The scientists who devote their life to this stuff have gathered the knowledge and told us what to do. Unfortunately, as a whole, we’ve given them the middle finger and said “we’ll do what we want”.

      • Ian

        That’s not true at all. The “experts” have contradicted themselves repeatedly. And not to mention others experts who dissent from the approved talking points are shut down. This has more to do with a political/social movement then it does with healthcare.

      • Don

        Being an electrical engineer by education and practice, I have lived with scientific fact and theory my entire life. For a scientist to be believable, they have to be consistent and have undisputed facts. If the data changes then the original information was not a fact (it was a hypothesis) as facts cannot change. Most science is done through hypothesis and not facts as until something is completely finished, everything is a hypothesis as the facts are not know while the event is happening.

        The scientific experts state hypothesizes as facts when the correct answer is: we do not know the answer. The facts around this strain of corona virus will not be known for 3 to 5 years from now.

        Knowing that everything at this point is time are scientist working on hypothesizes, one must question everything and look for affirmative and contradictory information and make their own judgement on the current hypothesis.

        If I am told by the same scientist that action A is what needs to be done to prevent consequence B.
        In this context:
        Action A = Social distancing
        Consequence B = Virus Transfer

        Violating social distance for reason #1 is acceptable and encouraged but violating social distancing rules for for any other reason is absolutely not acceptable and must be avoided at all costs.

        There is an inherent contradiction in this information so that it not be scientifically valid and fact based This must make one question all information from the scientist.

      • Doug Gray

        Sigh.

        The scientists have adjusted things slightly along the way when more information has come out – as you should do.

        They’ve been pretty consistent with telling people what to do the entire time – stay away from others, limit being around groups of people, wash your hands, cover your mouth/nose.

    • RojoBenjy

      Cancelling the season, on the other hand, Don, gives breathing room for everyone to truly get the knowledge to make the adjustments and adaptations for next season.

      I think that’s worth considering.

      With regards to the everyday operations of a society (non-entertainment), I agree with what you’ve said, though.

      • greenmtred

        Exactly, Doug. One of the main “inconsistencies” was the early advice to not get masks. But this wasn’t because they wouldn’t have been helpful, it was because there weren’t enough for front-line workers, so the supply had to be rationed. It’s a novel virus, so some of what we hear is hypothesis, but the general advice, as you note, is boiler-plate for any pandemic.

  11. Redsfan4life

    At this point I say just cancel the season.

  12. vegastypo

    “All of this simply begs the question: Should we even be playing sports right now?”

    Simple answer: Nope!

  13. CI3J

    Simply put: No. The U.S. had a chance to control this virus back in the spring, and the failed with flying colors. When the virus was just getting bad back in March, I wrote about my experience here in China: If the country can take it seriously and lock down for 3 months like China did, then they could have conceivably gotten it under control except for a few isolated pockets, and the players could be going through “spring training” right now with sights on starting games in early July.

    But the U.S. got bored of the lockdown after about a month, and some people even refused to lock down at all, and now the attitude seems to be “Well, whatever.” and the country is re-opening as cases spike everywhere. It’s becoming more and more unsafe daily, and the way things are going, forget MLB, it’s probably not a good idea to even have the NFL or college football.

    It’s sad, frustrating, and infuriating to watch it happen. So many countries had the virus before the U.S., and many countries have gotten it under control. All the U.S. had to do was take a page from their playbooks, and they could have had great results too. But instead, the U.S. has become the epicenter of the world and other countries are looking on in horror as the U.S. continues to stumble and fail and Americans continue to die.

    So no, no MLB. Forget it. Probably no NFL. Forget it. No sports of any kind. Sports are entertainment, and we should not be focusing on entertainment right now. We should be focusing on how to stop the spread of this virus and saving American lives.

    • Sliotar

      @Cl3J

      “I wrote about my experience here in China.”

      Trying to project anything about Chinese systems or the Chinese Communist Party onto the American way of life is frankly … ridiculous, IMO.

      China is undergoing a second wave in some places now…. the CCP lies about everything and coerices their people to lie and acquiesce….Social Credit Scores, etc.

      Horrible…I feel for the average Chinese person, menaced by the CCP.
      Ask them if they would choose to live here freely and risk COVID, minus the totalitarian system they “enjoy.”

      (Disclosure – Been to China within last 4 years, brother was Tesla executive, spent years there.)

      • CI3J

        I get that you don’t like the Chinese government, rightfully so, but if you can look past your hatred for them, you’ll see they were actally very successful in dealing with COVID.

        Simply put, there is no second wave here. Like I said, there are some small isolated flareups here and there, but they lock it down and get it under control, which is the best way to deal with the virus. There is currently a cluster happening in Beijing, but so far, there have been no reports of it spreading to other cities. Beijing is on lockdown, schools and businesses are closed, and it will probably remain so for awhile. But it will stop the spread dead in its tracks.

        I have no love for the Chinese government, but even I have to admit they got it right in dealing with this. Schools are open, people are back to work, no one is dying from COVID. What they did worked. Other countries followed a similar model, with prolonged lockdowns and extensive testing, and it worked for them too. I don’t see why the U.S. failed so horribly when pretty much every other country could do it.

      • Don

        I work with people in China everyday in my job, they would be the more success and educated (their middle class: engineers, well paid sales people, better paid factory workers). They are people which are lacking access to information, they only get one official set of information that cannot be questioned or else one is punished.
        They know that they are not told the truth by the government and government media but are terrified of having anyone think that they question the government.

        If one thinks the CCP managed the virus successfully, the official death toll vs other information that is independently available can be used to judge the accuracy of the official information.
        There are 7 crematoriums in Wuhan that can process about 1000 bodies a day, from mid January for the next 3 months than ran 7×24 non stop, the urn orders show a huge increase in usage. The real death toll in Wuhan is closer to 100,000 than the 5000 in the official numbers.

        There is also reports from the cell phone carriers in Wuhan that mysteriously over 20 million cell phone contracts were stopped/ended/discontinued between January and March of 2020.

    • Sliotar

      I wish you well … but I cannot and will not share your defense of anything the Chinese Communist Party does, nor do I trust them as you do.

      I have lived in four countries in my life (Ireland, England, South Africa, Canada). Great life experiences.

      But, all 4 to this day have structural, economic and cultural problems far worse than the U.S. … even with the U.S.’s current “Summer of Rage.”

      No chance I would chooses to move back to any of them.

      The U.S. did not take this pandemic seriously enough early on … does not mean it should adopt totalitarianism to deal with the next crisis.

      • CI3J

        I would hardly call requiring citizens to remain at home, wear masks in public, and practice social distancing during a pandemic “totalitarianism”, rather, they are simply temporary sacrifices that need to be made in order to combat the virus and get life back to normal. Think of the rationing citizens were asked to do during World War II. Was that totalitarianism? No, those were temporary sacrifices people made for the greater good. You may scoff at me comparing the virus to a war, but the virus has killed more Americans than World War I, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War. That is deadly serious.

        As I said, other countries realized this and took the steps needed to control the spread, and many of them are safely re-opening now. Meanwhile, the U.S. is dealing with massive spikes in cases simply because they couldn’t do what other countries could do, and tens of thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) more Americans are going to die because of it.

        And that’s why we are where we are today, coming to grips with the idea that baseball won’t be played this year, football won’t be played this year, and sports in general are (or should be) put on hold until the necessary steps are taken to control the virus. The U.S. took the virus semi-seriously for about 3 weeks, and that’s simply not enough. Just saying “I don’t care!” is not going to fix anything, nor is pretending that everything is fine and life should go back to normal.

        Things are about to get very, very bad in the U.S. Sports are the least of the worries.

    • BK

      It’s quite a stretch to call the Chinese government’s handling of COVID a success. Most reports indicate that their slow reaction allowed the virus to spread beyond their borders and directly contributed to a global pandemic that has killed in the hundreds of thousands.

      Aside from those basic facts, there are some rather important structural differences between the U.S. and many other nations in the world. The U.S. is highly mobile, meaning we are more likely to move away from our hometowns for significant portions of our life. As part of this mobility, we travel extensively within our nation travelling from region to region at rates that contrast sharply from other countries. Having lived overseas and traveled overseas extensively, this is really quite unique and I believe is one of the bigger challenges we face during this pandemic.

      Second, as the largest economy in the world, we have scores of foreign travelers coming into our country for business, education and tourism. Again, this trait really doesn’t help, but I that doesn’t make me wish we were weaker economically.

      Hawaii was quite successful at controlling the virus, but their geography is exactly opposite of the U.S. as travel even within the state can be easily halted across the chain of islands. S. Korea similarly is hailed as a success, but again, entry is exclusively by air or sea as the only land entrance is the most heavily guarded in the world. Just my perspective

      • BK

        I meant to say Hawaii’s geography is opposite of the U.S. mainland’s geography. Humble apologies to any readers from the beautiful Aloha state!

      • Don

        BK, I agree with your points.

        This virus existed in the world for a few months before it was partially defined and millions of infected people had traveled the world.
        The majority not even knowing that they had the virus.

        The total stopping of human international travel is the only action which could have stopped the spread very early on and this would have had to be done no later than early to mid December 2019.
        The ease of which humans can travel the globe is the root reason.

        Unfortunately the WW scientific experts to this day are against travel restrictions.

        Hopefully the lesson learned from this pandemic is that people that travel the world will be required to have health checks prior to travel and forced quarantines upon arrival at the destination.
        If not we can just sit around and wait for the next pandemic to occur.

        The solution to me is more openness and freedom in the world so that there is greater access to information for everyone. The more one learns and decreases ignorance the better off the entire world will be.

  14. Bred

    In Texas where our governor would allow fans in stadiums we have had 10,000 new cases in the last 3 days. The first wave here is not over much less a 2nd wave. I think Sliotar 06/19/2020
    “Only MLB, the owners and most importantly, the players can decide.” is correct. It is their $ and risk. It is up to each one of us to decide if we care/watch.

    • Doug Gray

      The problem is that those guys get to basically make the decision for a bunch of people without a say at the table. Now, we can sit here and say the same thing for the employees of Walmart or McDonalds – either go to work or quit – but, and I should stress that it’s also on idiot me for not bringing it up enough in my writing, we often forget about the coaches, trainers, medical staff, grounds crew, security, clubhouse attendants, etc who have to go be in these environments too.

      • Bred

        Don’t be so hard on yourself, Doug. We want to read the rumors and bits of news about the negotiations. Billionaires and millionaires fighting and hurting themselves is good copy. Your reporting has served us well. Unfortunately, those that you mentioned are just like the rest of us who have to do what we have to do to get by. Rightly or wrongly, the only story I see for them is an evaluation of their situation after the Covid protocol has been implemented.

      • Don

        It is correct that decisions are made which will impact others not being mentioned daily.
        I would have to assume that the team advisors to the owners are taking this into account for the health and welfare of all their employees (not just the players). If the owners are not, then the business is managed so poorly that it exists despite the owners actions and not because of their actions.
        The owners need/must to take into account all employees not just the highest paid 10% of their employees whom are unionized.

  15. Dick Paterson

    It’s a long time till 2021, but I don’t think we’re going to see baseball before then. The owners (and yeah, players) are fiddling while baseball burns. The food fights over $$ may not matter, because COVID will have the last word. In the absence of any national and little state leadership, this will go on a while.

  16. Old-school

    It is with great disappointment that I do now believe MLB should cancel the season. We are now seeing direct interruption again by Covid 19 in MLB. Two franchises re-closed their complexes. Interruptions are the new normal. Are the owners willing to put up with the constant interruption and uncertainty to preserve safety while absorbing more financial losses? Are the owners and players and fans willing to put up with the reality of testing, contact tracing and isolation for 14 days and what that means over a very shortened season. It’s unsettling and uncertain and frustrating.

    At some point, the calendar, an illegitimate regular season, hemorrhaging finances, safety, pandemic uncertainty, the randomness of blocks of core players at risk of quarantine during key games, the lack of fans in the stands, and the hostile relationship between union and owners all add up to a perfect storm which cancels baseball. It’s raining really hard.

    • Sliotar

      Several prominent RLN posters have flip-flopped so many times in their posts on whether there will be a season….I think fish are getting jealous.

      There is no playbook for any of this …. leagues and teams are going to learn … throughout the season … how to do things better. Players and coaches as well.

      Even then … no one can guarantee anyone’s safety. Not in MLB …not in real life.
      There will still likely be infections. Isolate and keep playing, if at all possible.

      Until the MLB Players, collectively … say “We aren’t playing in 2020” … league office/teams/TV/other stakeholders have to keep planning … and, making adjustments… to try and get a season in the books.

      • Old-school

        September 27 is a hard stop/deadline to the regular season. Owners and Anthony Fauci have said so. Had owners and the union agreed Memorial day to an 81 game season starting July 4, that’s enough games maybe… where the interruptions of players going on/ off the testing/trace/isolate “DL” would be absorbed over a half a season of baseball.

        But with 48-60 games, no way.
        Time has run out to have a credible season. And perhaps that was the owners strategy all along.

        It’s Fathers day weekend. Baseball doesn’t have an agreement. The Phillies complex is closed indefinitely due to a Covid outbreak as is the Blue Jay’s , and the regular season must end Sept 27. Those are the facts on the ground.

  17. Tom Reeves

    The number of cases each day is likely the result of wider access to testing. We really don’t know I’d were seeing a spike or detecting more cases.

    BUT, two numbers are less subject to variability: Deaths and ICU. ICU admissions is the single best predictor of death from the virus.

    If those numbers are spiking in an area, that area is experiencing a second way (or may have not crested in the first wave).

    As for baseball – there’s no reason to even try to have a season. It will start and stop the entire time. There’s only a max of 9 weeks plus maybe 2 weeks of post season that were possible in the most ideal situation and were quickly leaving that ideal situation behind.

    Plenty of businesses have closed and plenty of workers and small business owners are going without income (me included). Let the MLB apply for unemployment (and get denied) like the rest of us.

    • Mark Moore

      Very sad, well-constructed, and pretty much accurate statement as I see it.

    • ClevelandRedsFan

      There has been plenty of bad reporting out there for COVID-19 cases that does ignore the important aspect of testing. But, we DO know that many states are seeing tangible spikes. You have to look at “estimated infections” in each state. This accounts for the increase in testing to see the true numbers of how the disease is rising. You can filter by state here: https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/florida

      Also, former journalism major rant: any reporter mentioning Montana should be immediately fired. Reports are coming out with huge percent increases. There are literally only a handful of cases in Montana. Cases increased to about 10 people, yet major media sources are reporting 150%+ numbers.

      • Old-school

        There is an article in today’s Wall Street Journal about sports and the exploding cases in Orange County Florida/ Orlando/ Disney area. Thursday had a 15% case + rate in Orange county, with double digit + rates on several other days. That’s a ton with widespread testing now. The NBA arrives in Orlando July 7 , being tested every other day starting next week prior to their arrival. MLB is frantically reviewing another bubble option from it’s “already beleaguered effort” to play baseball in 2020. Fauci states the NFL will need a bubble plan.

  18. Mark Moore

    Sad when I check sites for the “overnight results” that used to be trades but now have headlines about the Spring Training facilities being shut down and more players found to have COVID-19. Yes, it’s a result of increased testing which is what they planned to do as they crept closer to opening up again. But in the face of more positive tests, they pretty much have to make the choice to shut back down. Given what my calendar says when I look at it, I’d say we’re on a pause year for MLB. Nothing left but the slimmest of hope.

    Now, add to that the report that multiple players on the Clemson football team tested positive and that we’re talking about an actual contact sport there … it’s going to be a LONG year with only re-runs of TV shows and no sports to speak of. Frankly, it looks like a restart for the NHL or NBA (which I don’t watch) is a pipe dream. Short step to no NCAA basketball and then we are really in a pickle.

    And June isn’t even over yet … here I was thinking May was the longest month we’d all experienced.

    • Mark Moore

      It just now dawns on me that I won’t be getting myself the annual Fathers’ Day gift of a 1/2 price MLB.tv subscription this year …

      • Don

        I sent an e-mail to MLB.TV and got my annual subscription refunded which they say they will not do on the webpage but will do if you ask.

        As much as I want there to be MLB in 2020, I just do not think it will happen so I got my $100 back to spend on something else like my AC which has stopped working.

  19. Don

    coronavirusbellcurve is a site which I have found to have accurate information, they do have a graph which attempts to take into account the infection rate and increase is testing, the trend lie nationwide is going up but the overall number of active cases is fairly flat.
    So this means that the number of new people diagnosed is close to the number which are on the other side of have the disease and the mortality rate is declining so a higher % of people are surviving.

    Based on Dr Birx’s statements, if testing is showing a positive of < 10% then there is enough testing for a society to manage the pandemic.

    It is a shame when anyone get sick and has an illness but the goal of the economic shutdown was to flatten the curve as to not overwhelm the health care system and attempt to give time to find treatment options. Flattening the curve has worked, the goal was to have the same number of people get infected (all in wave 1) over longer period of time.

    What has occurred in the US is very close to the stated goal in mid-March when the CDC and NIH told the political leaders to shutdown the economy for public health for 15 and then 30 more for a total of 45 days.

  20. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I have to say no. First, I will say, I blame both sides. First, the owners, when we are talking about only $10 million per team difference, that’s a ridiculous number for billionaires to be worrying about. For the players, with the amount of unemployment there is, and these guys make a minimum more money in one season than many will ever see, I believe there’s little reason for them not to step up, also. If I had to take one side, I take the side of the players. But, I do blame both sides.

    Now, as for as having a season or not, first, with the way the negotiations have been going, we are looking at either such a shortened season, it wouldn’t be worth having. Or, we would be playing baseball into December, which I don’t believe anyone would like.

    Next, I believe next season, the collective bargaining contract expires. Which means we are right back at this again next season.

    What I do know is this. . .baseball better get back on track. For, they are in direct line to push themselves behind sports like soccer and even golf and hockey as the nation;’s top sports.