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Posted: January 25, 2021, 7:47 PM Post
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DHonks said:
monty57 said:
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/cactus-league-informs-mlb-of-desire-to-delay-start-of-spring-training.html

Doesn't sound like the players union is going to listen to the request from the Cactus League.


Don't look at the total numbers for COVID, especially in AZ. It's very misleading. Last week we had a day with about 5k cases and at first it sounded encouraging that things are improving in AZ. Then an official came out and said only about 15k had been getting tested each day lately, and the state was wishing more like 80-100k would be getting tested. Bottom line is AZ--and especially Phoenix--is seeing massive community spread of COVID.


I wasn't trying to judge anything like that. I was just stating from the article that it appears the players union is holding their ground that there will be a 162-game season played this year, which means Spring Training can't be delayed unless the government steps in and shuts it down.

Sounds like they're more interested in getting paid then they are worried about getting sick. They don't care if there are fans in the stands, as the owners are the ones losing money if the stands are empty.

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Posted: January 25, 2021, 10:35 PM Post
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monty57 said:
DHonks said:
monty57 said:
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/01/cactus-league-informs-mlb-of-desire-to-delay-start-of-spring-training.html

Doesn't sound like the players union is going to listen to the request from the Cactus League.


Don't look at the total numbers for COVID, especially in AZ. It's very misleading. Last week we had a day with about 5k cases and at first it sounded encouraging that things are improving in AZ. Then an official came out and said only about 15k had been getting tested each day lately, and the state was wishing more like 80-100k would be getting tested. Bottom line is AZ--and especially Phoenix--is seeing massive community spread of COVID.


I wasn't trying to judge anything like that. I was just stating from the article that it appears the players union is holding their ground that there will be a 162-game season played this year, which means Spring Training can't be delayed unless the government steps in and shuts it down.

Sounds like they're more interested in getting paid then they are worried about getting sick. They don't care if there are fans in the stands, as the owners are the ones losing money if the stands are empty.


Didn’t mean to say you were judging. I was just trying to add some context for the “declining” totals in AZ. No reason for Cactus League to have games with fans in the near future. A 2 week delay could be a good start


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Posted: January 26, 2021, 7:17 AM Post
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Really no reason to delay things and no reason to request them to delay it. Not like they are trying to have fans.


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Posted: January 31, 2021, 2:29 PM Post

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mlb has proposed a 154-game season, starting late april. spring training would start late march.


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Posted: March 31, 2021, 2:33 PM Post

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five washington nationals players will miss opening day due to one of them testing positive, and the others requiring to quarantine due to close contact with the positive tester.


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Posted: March 31, 2021, 2:39 PM Post

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player transactions will be different in 2021, however.

replacement players for the nationals are not subject to outright waivers to remove them from the 40-man roster, once the original players are cleared to return.

the change to not require outright waivers during a covid outbreak is pretty significant. it basically allows a club to yo-yo any player from its alternate training site back and forth without having to worry about putting him on outright waivers to return him to the minor leagues.

for example, with a brewers covid outbreak, the club could bring up non-roster players such as garrett mitchell, ray black and zack godley to replace players on the special covid-19 injured list. they get added to the 40-man, taking up the spots vacated by the covid-19 players. when the covid-19 players are activated, the club can just return those replacements to the minor leagues/alternate training site and remove them from the 40-man roster without exposing them to another team to claim.


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Posted: March 31, 2021, 5:28 PM Post
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Per Will Sammon:

Brewers had a false positive COVID-19 test result earlier today, per David Stearns. They went through entire protocol because, at the time, they didn't know it was a false positive. Player was retested and it came back negative. Expect to have full roster available to play.

And Adam McCalvy:

The Brewers had a false positive COVID-19 test result come back earlier today, David Stearns said. At the time they didn't know it was a false positive, so the club went through all of the relevant protocols and, "We are now confident it was a false positive," he said.


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Posted: April 01, 2021, 9:28 AM Post
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Lasted all the way until opening day before we have our first postponement of the year in the Mets and the Nationals.


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Posted: April 02, 2021, 11:14 AM Post

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the entire nationals-mets series has been postponed.


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Posted: April 02, 2021, 2:17 PM Post
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I'm honestly surprised its still such a factor. In Wisconsin we are pretty much to the point where if you are an adult and you want a vaccine, you can get one. I suppose that's not the case everywhere.

I would expect this becomes less and less of a factor but I suppose we can still expect some 7 inning double-headers this year.


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