The SF Giants are just one team that sat out practice this week due to COVID-19
While many San Francisco Giants fans were excited at the prospect that we would be able to see baseball played in 2020, recent developments foretell that the 2020 season is shaping up to be something of a disaster.
The Giants shut down workouts Tuesday as they awaited test results, which thankfully came back negative for all players and staff today allowing them to resume. However, it is unquestionable that baseball’s return has gotten off to a shaky start which is more than understandable given that we are in the midst of a global pandemic that has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
But we have to wonder if this season will really be played to completion or if it will even start. There will be positive tests among all MLB teams, whether it be players and staff. I don’t care how careful players are, this virus has shown that it will stop for no person nor any sports league.
We must also take into account the fact that a number of players simply won’t play in 2020. Buster Posey has indicated he is unsure whether he will play this year, as has Mike Trout. There are also a number of players with not as big of names who have definitively said they are not going to play in 2020.
Who can blame these players for not wanting to play this year or at least considering not playing? They have families they have to consider, and if they’re already established figures of the game then the risk almost certainly outweighs any reward they could gain from playing this season.
I’d still be interested to watch the Giants play without Posey to see Joey Bart’s potential with the team, but without No. 28 on the roster things would be even weirder than they already will be with no fans in the stands.
We can only hope that somehow the season can go off without a hitch, but that just does not seem likely in our current reality. Safety must be the number one priority for organizations and all their personnel, and if it becomes clear that playing baseball is not safe then they should pull the plug on this well-intentioned but ill-fated endeavor.