Now several weeks into our various degrees of isolation, sports fans are truly beginning to feel the bit empty void in their day.
Whether it’s checking the highlights on your phone before getting into bed at night, or waking up wondering how that west coast doubleheader turned out, Americans are jonesing for a little athletic competition.
Of course, thanks to the global pandemic that’s currently affecting a vast majority of the world, there is little to watch but bizarre pseudo-sport on ESPN8, “The Ocho”.
For fans of our national pastime, however, there could be good news coming.
Major league Baseball is considering every option to begin the season and play as many games as possible, including isolating entire teams and playing in empty spring training ballparks in Florida and Arizona, reports say.
Opening Day was postponed with league officials anticipating a return sometime around mid-May but as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen in the U.S., MLB has reportedly considered new measures to ensure the season is maintained to some level of normalcy.
The Athletic reported on Friday that the league has discussed starting the season with games played out at spring training parks in Arizona and Florida with no fans. This would also include measures to quarantine the 30 teams in one area.
Some weren’t so sure that the plan was feasible, given just how difficult it would be to quarantine 30 different baseball teams, along with their essential personnel. One official told the Atlantic that the “margin of error is so small”, making the entire idea a very risky maneuver.
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