A year later, players and managers say they have a better understanding of what it takes to play baseball through an epidemic.
Pitchers and catchers around the game reported spring training on Wednesday, saying they appreciate what is at stake as they try to make sure the season starts on time. Briefly the protocol has been tightened by what they experienced during the 2020 season.
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“We’ve all gone through a year of living through this,” said New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “And so I think we are a little bit better equipped with how to handle ourselves, how to conduct ourselves, how to make good use of our time.”
New standards agreed by Major League Baseball and the players’ union Players, staff and other team personnel are required to wear an electronic tracing wristband for ballpark access. Players approved outdoor workouts and exercises in the five-day quarantine before reporting, with exceptions for required activities.
They will be required to stay in their living quarters throughout spring training except for baseball activities, medical care, grocery shopping, takeout food pickup, and outdoor physical activity. If they are already allowed, only external food will be allowed.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito said on Tuesday, “Between the players’ union and the MLB, I think the agreement is solid enough for player safety, staff safety.” “There are going to be some things that are a bit much, what is the word for it is given more importance. I think some workouts are going to happen in small groups, a lot with wearing masks and things like that. . I don’t think it will affect our work very much. We will definitely be able to do what we need to do. “
But the ban will make it more challenging to prepare for the season.
Catcher James McCain faces obstacles trying to bond with an entirely new pitching staff later this spring Signed at $ 40 million, a four-year deal with the New York Mets. Typically, experienced backstops invite the pitcher to dinner, set play dates for their children, go out and have a drink – anything to help develop those relationships.
Forget off-field meetups. Under MLB’s protocol, even the team’s Florida complex is more difficult to get together. Gathering in room-like spaces – usually a convenient place for 3-4 players to meet – is a no-no.
“Nobody likes wearing masks and sitting and talking 6 feet away from each other,” McCann said. “There are a lot of different things that I think we took for granted.”
MLB is hoping to have a full season after playing a 60-game schedule last year that did not include any fans in the stand until Postden. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals both dealt with the outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in several postponements.
“We are lucky to have 162 games, but with it obviously comes a lot of thoughtfulness and dedication and commitment,” New Marlins General Manager Kim Ng said. “To play this game, you have to be fully committed, especially with this team that they went through last year, people are understanding how it can make sense.”
Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez battled COVID-19 last summer and said it wasn’t the same the rest of the season.
“After that, I was not comfortable with my body,” said Martinez, who said he feels much better now.
Two players were added to the COVID-19-related injured list Wednesday: Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plavecki and Chicago Cubs left-hander Kyle Ryan.
The first Cardinals president John Mozeliak did when he arrived in Jupiter, Florida was to request a list from the medical staff of players and coaches who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.
Mozelić believes that which players already have the least measure of protection from coronaviruses can help prevent outbreaks during spring training.
“I believe we had about 15 or 18 people with antibodies in this camp,” Mozelić said, “so it was encouraging.”
Mozeliak also hoped that some employees and players could open the day and start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“But I certainly understand, collectively, you are working with a healthy group of youth,” he said, “and when you are looking in our country, compared to this group for that opportunity There are more qualified people. But frankly. If you were vaccinated, we have a lot of protocols in the sense of where you can and cannot go. “
For now, the players say they are ready to follow the protocol they are playing in the entire stadium again.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgner said, “Thankfully it’s not very common, but there’s an R on it.” “I think we’re back on the same path, so hopefully all of this will happen sooner rather than later.”