Here are some more consequences of the Miami Marlins outbreak: Major League baseball will start thinking about how to implement safety recommendations.
Major League Baseball made a lot of noise a couple of months ago about how great his anti-COVID-19 protocols were. About how detailed, thoughtful and proactive their plan will be so that no one can say that they are irresponsibly returning to play in the middle of a pandemic.
Except for the plan, there was a small problem: no one in the plan explained how the league would manage the coronavirus outbreak. There were no plans for what to do if the number of players on a particular team was positive, let alone the number of positive tests that would be needed to close the team. He also said nothing about what exactly teams can or should do to ensure compliance with the 113th weird-page rules it has set for the deportation of players.
Now, following the Marlins outbreak, when the two-team schedule has been suspended and more than half of one of these teams’ lists is no longer operational, Major League baseball is preparing to address it. From Jeff Passan on ESPN:
Following a coronavirus outbreak that infected nearly half of Miami’s Marlins lists and led to a suspension of the team’s season, Major League Baseball urges players not to leave several city hotels, except for games that require the use of surgical masks instead of tissue. masks during the trip and required each team to go along with a compliance officer to ensure players and staff properly follow the league protocol, sources told ESPN.
Passan does not say who will or should be the compliance officer. Whether it’s a player, a coach, an employee of an entire institution, or a brand new employee. But I think that’s important, and I’d be interested to know what teeth, if any, work should actually make things happen.
I say this because of the Marlins outbreak, some mentioned that the team lacked veterans as the reason things got bad. If such a thing is mentioned as significant – if you rely on the typical unwritten enforcement practices that teams use in all other club home deportation matters – no “compliance officer” is going to move forward. If teams don’t take such a thing seriously and if unsafe behavior isn’t punished with real penalties, players go to the police themselves, not themselves, in the same way they always use it.
Speaking of the Marlin outbreak, Bob Nighgalela of the U.S. This morning declined slightly:
MLB has yet to find out if Marlins players will be paid for deferred games if they can’t play every game in the 60-game season, but will pay for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals games missed due to the Marlin outbreak. . . March 26 The deal says players will only receive a proportionate pay for the games their teams play, but MLB made an exception for the Nazis, Phillies and Yankees because they were not responsible for the delayed games.
This means that marlins can be punished for the disease. Based on the sentiments I’ve seen online, it’s good for many people because there are rumors of irresponsible team behavior that led to their outbreak.
However, the problem is: (a) that behavior has not been confirmed in any way, simply spreading rumors; and (b) even if some of the people in the club did unsafe things that led to their infection, it is doubtful that everyone did so, thus punishing those who did not participate and who simply became infected because they used the club house, bus or plane with those who was, is a kind of problem. Nonetheless, in MLB, we must reiterate that there were no binding or enforceable guidelines that would actually regulate player behavior, and there was no one to ensure compliance with the league’s proposals.
This means that MLB has developed a system based on recommendations and trust, and is now considering paying a salary not only to those who may not have followed those recommendations, but also to anyone who has been infected with their irresponsible behavior. Talk about how you missed the deposit.
Either way, the Major League baseball players, now a week and a month into their plan to revisit baseball, are finally thinking about ways to overcome a global pandemic that ended in theory. I hope they come up with something. Better late than never, right?