The last week in MLB was about spring training being suspended and delaying the start of the regular season, a starting pitcher in the American League has been shut down, and a team in the National League is working on an extension with a catcher.
MLB Suspends Spring Training And Delays Start of Regular Season Two Weeks Due to Coronavirus
The entire world has had their everyday lives impacted by coronavirus pandemic.
The virus has forced many professional leagues to take action.
COVID-19 Impact on sports just today:
* NCAA tournament ❌
* NHL: postponed
* MLB: postponed 2 weeks
* MLS: postponed
* NFL owners meetings: ❌
* Boston Marathon: postponed
* All NCAA spring sports: ❌
* ATP: postponed 6 weeks
* 10+ NFL teams closing facilities/canceling travel
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 12, 2020
BREAKING: the NCAA Tournament has been canceled. pic.twitter.com/UylHVHcNyp
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) March 12, 2020
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020
The National Basketball Association was the first league to suspend their season when a player tested positive for COVID-19, per Sports Illustrated.
The NBA has suspended the season until further notice pic.twitter.com/3g5PJFYqBl
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 12, 2020
Major League Baseball, a couple of days ago provided a statement which said Spring Training games would be suspended, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks and postponed the 2020 World Baseball Classic qualifying games.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu
— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020
The minor league baseball season has also been delayed due to the virus, per Minor League Baseball.
Statement from Minor League Baseball ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/H4RlAyPxxw
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) March 12, 2020
MLB announced a couple of days ago that Spring Training camps will be suspended, major league players had the option to return home, remain in their Spring Training cities, or return to their club’s home city, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
2/or return to their Club’s home city. This step is in the best interests of players, employees and the communities who host Spring Training. MLB will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 13, 2020
MLB sent out a memo to clubs yesterday, with a recommendation that clubs should avoid all activities in which players congregate in significant numbers or are otherwise unable to practice, per Sherman.
2/the “social distancing” protocols recommended by the CDC. The risk of a player in a Club facility contracting the virus is real, and we must implement protocols to protect the safety and well-being of our players and staff members. In addition, we must recognize that
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 15, 2020
A reason why the memo was sent out is that a minor league player in the New York Yankees system tested positive for coronavirus, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
A minor league player in the New York Yankees system has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell ESPN. He is the first known case in baseball. He was quarantined Friday morning after saying he was running a fever.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 15, 2020
MLB had to suspend Spring Training and delay the start of the season as a way to protect players and fans.
The league mentioned the season being delayed by at least two weeks, but it will be much longer than the given timeframe before we can think of baseball happening again.
It will be several months until coronavirus is gone, and when that happens, players will need to start Spring Training again.
The loss of baseball for an unknown amount of time is monumental, but the safety of our families and friends is more important.
Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander Shut Down Due to Lat Strain
The Houston Astros have shut down starting pitcher Justin Verlander after an MRI revealed a mild lat strain says Astros general manager James Click, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Justin Verlander has a “mild lat strain,” general manager James Click said. He has been shut down.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 9, 2020
The Astros didn’t provide a timeline of when they expect Verlander to return.
Verlander dealing with an injury is weird, as he’s been one of the most durable starting pitchers in recent memory, as he’s thrown at least 200 innings in 12 different years.
A lat strain is a type of injury in which a pitcher can recover in a couple of weeks or months. It varies for everyone.
The best course of action the Astros can take is to allow Verlander to rest the injury.
St. Louis Cardinals Working on Extension with Catcher Yadier Molina
The St. Louis Cardinals are working on an extension with catcher Yadier Molina, per Mark Saxon of The Athletic.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) March 11, 2020
Molina has said he prefers to either remain with the Cardinals or retire.
The extension would cover the 2021 season and probably the 2022 season as well.
Molina has spent his entire 16-year career with the Cardinals and is coming off a strong 2019 season.
The veteran backstop posted a .270 batting average and .711 OPS in 113 games with 24 doubles, 10 home runs, 57 RBIs, and six stolen bases last year.
Molina has had a Hall-of-Fame worthy career, and it would be nice if he could retire as a member of the Cardinals.
- Chris is a New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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