Playing a Major League Baseball season amid the COVID-19 pandemic was always going to be risky. Yet it only took four days for the virus to break out among one MLB team, causing the postponement of two games and maybe more to come.
Naturally, the COVID-19 outbreak among the Miami Marlins was the main topic on WISE Sports Radio‘s baseball segment. Eleven players and two coaches tested positive for the virus a day after the Marlins played the Philadelphia Phillies. Should that game have been played on Sunday? Can MLB really expect to play a season?
When I get the call from Edmonton’s TSN 1260 to talk baseball, it’s usually because a big story is happening. An outbreak of 14 Miami Marlins players or coaches testing positive for COVID-19 certainly qualifies.
Chatting with Matthew Iwanyk, we go over the timeline of the outbreak among the Marlins team and the sequence of events that led Major League Baseball to postpone Monday’s games in Miami and Philadelphia. How big a problem is MLB facing in trying to play the 2020 season amid a pandemic?
Baseball is making news, which overtook our usual NFL segment on WISE Sports Radio. Mookie Betts signed a gargantuan 12-year, $365 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. And baseball players are kneeling during the National Anthem.
The conversation did turn to football, however, with Antonio Brown asking the NFL to complete its investigation into sexual assault allegations and a battery charge. And if Dan Snyder’s Washington Football Team doesn’t have enough to deal with, the Fritz Pollard Alliance is taking issue with the organization’s hiring practices.
Turning the lights back on and brushing away the cobwebs! The Podcass returns with a “Sporto” edition of sports radio clips focused on the return of baseball.
After some how-do-you-do introductions, a chat with Clint Domingue on Louisiana’s 103.7 The Game (08:47) on how exciting this 2020 MLB season could be. Then, more baseball talk on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (24:46) with a preview of the shortened, 60-game campaign. Thank you for listening!
Coming back at you with a “regular” episode very soon!
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is set to begin in three days and one team doesn’t know where it will play its home games this year. Seriously.
On this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss the Toronto Blue Jays not being allowed to play in Canada because of COVID-19 travel concerns, Yasiel Puig no longer playing for the Atlanta Braves, and storylines to watch for the 2020 season.