If it wasn’t for the virus apocalypse the 2020 Major League Baseball season would be in full swing right now. According to ESPN, there’s a plan floating around that would allow the season to start. Sort of.
The plan, sources said, would dictate that all 30 teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the Phoenix area, including the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field, 10 spring training facilities and perhaps other nearby fields. Players, coaching staff and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel only to and from the stadium, sources said. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health have been supportive of a plan that would adhere to strict isolation, promote social distancing and allow MLB to become the first professional sport to return.
This idea is beyond stupid. It assumes highly paid athletes are going to go along with the idea of getting sequestered in hotel rooms in Phoenix, away from their families for several months, just so they can play meaningless baseball in empty stadiums. If I was a player faced with this scenario, I would immediately retire. Then, if baseball ever returns for real, I would come out of retirement.
Games played under this scenario would be meaningless. I cannot even imagine watching games played this way. They would be depressing to watch.
There’s no social distancing in baseball
It’s embarrassing that the CDC and the NIH would sign off on this fever dream of an idea. They must be assuming that not a single player, coach, trainer, or other so-called essential staff members would brake sequester. Being cooped up in a hotel room for months at a time is not normal. Personally, I can stay in a hotel room by myself for about five days before losing my mind. Does the CDC or the NIH have psychiatrists on staff?
Baseball is not essential. The same is true with every other sport. Sports are not important. If I had a choice between being able to watch sports again or to own an M50 joint service general purpose mask with a case of filters, I’d take the mask.
One thing I’ve learned during this COVID-19 pandemic is that some things are important and some things are not. Sports are very much in the “not” category.