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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:02 AM Post
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I think this has progressed beyond what owners want. Is there honestly any chance right now that MLB teams are playing opening day in their home stadiums?


I think there is, yes - still roughly 2.5 weeks before most MLB Opening Day games are scheduled. One option may be to simply push the first week of regular season games into early October to get as close to 1 month out from when many of these crowd gathering restrictions are being implemented. That would mean opening days are still happening in MLB parks, just that it's in early-mid April. I think they would actually prefer that to playing the first few weeks of meaningful baseball games in Spring Training locations.

There will be a tipping point where the "abundance of caution" mindset driving many of these restrictions/limitations on public gatherings gets overtaken by data and statistical evidence that people are more than ok to exit their bubbles. There will likely be some sort of phasing back to normalcy - perhaps restrictions on older people or those with medical conditions from attending public events/gatherings. I'm guessing that will probably take place around the time everyone runs out of toilet paper, the supply chain has had a chance to restock Costco, and Americans as a whole can no longer stand spending any more quality time with family stuck in their own homes.

Right now it's apparent that restricting/cancelling/postponing public events scheduled for the rest of this month is a good idea given the lack of information - two weeks from now that might not be the case for things scheduled in mid April moving forward.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:15 AM Post
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WIAA now also announced boys and girls basketball state tournaments will be played without spectators. Only enough allowed in from each team to cover family.


All tourneys (boys & girls) for basketball/ hockey/ wrestling have been postponed in Ohio (OHSAA)..
IE completely not played. Word came out in the last hour.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:29 AM Post
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Reports are Major League Baseball will soon announce the suspension of Spring Training games.

Also not shockingly they plan to suspend/delay the start of the season too.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:33 AM Post
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https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1 ... 4139382788

There is a feeling of inevitability among executives that Major League Baseball will be suspending spring training as soon as today, sources tell ESPN.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:36 AM Post
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It looks like MLB is considering delaying the start of the season or at least considering their options.

https://theathletic.com/1671443/2020/03 ... ed-article


Lots of good points in this article. If they do shutdown today as expected, there will have to be another period of spring training to get pitchers back up to speed again. Might be a while before there are regular season games.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:49 AM Post
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Baseball has been stopped....including spring training. What a mess! Regular season up in the air.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:52 AM Post
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Live in the UK and they have a different view about banning fans at sporting events, closing schools, etc.. Basically, for the moment they are not banning large crowds from sporting events. They say that based on science, banning large gatherings like sporting events have only a minimal effect. One person may effect 2 or 3 other people, but much more likely to be family or friends then sitting close to someone at a sporting event. Also, banning flights from other countries also have a very minimal effect, especially with how much travel is done in today's society. And aren't closing schools at the moment as things are still are at the early stages, at least in the UK, and if you close schools now then you will probably need to close them for 13 to 15 weeks and kids will want to play for other kids and can pass virus that way. Or spending time with their grandparents instead of going to school and also causing massive disruption in the society that can occur by closing schools too early.
Overall, if you do a lot of these types of actions now at the early stages, then by the time the virus hits it's peak spread, people get tired and lapse doing the things they should be doing and it makes things worse in the long run. Try to delay and level the peak rather then trying to do it all at once that that can overrun their health services. However, wash hands, stay at home for 7 days if you have a persistent cough or fever and the type of recommendations that are given all around the world.
Now at some point, yes possible ban large sporting events, close schools, etc... UK government expert said it could be another 10 to 14 weeks to go for the possible peak and are about 4 weeks behind where Italy is at the moment.
Not everyone here agrees with what the current plan is and things could change at any point. Just thought I would put forth how another country is dealing with this virus. Seems like what the US is doing makes more sense, but not an expert so don't know what is correct thing to do is.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 11:59 AM Post
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Well, I got my early renewal incentive in the mail yesterday, so if they do cancel the season I'll get a refund and a new sweatshirt!


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 12:01 PM Post
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Just to add what I just wrote. Another expert was talking on the news and said the type of closings large crowd bans, etc.. may be the best way to go is you ask a virus expert, but can also end up causing a higher spike. And if the number of cases doubles in a few days, England may have to change their plans. Trying to do a balancing act that may or may now work.
And should correct myself. It's England, not the UK that is taking this approach. Ireland has closed all schools for a couple weeks today. Scotland is banning large gatherings. Just seems like that is correct way to go to be safe, but England is taking a different approach for now.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 12:24 PM Post
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Rudy Gobert was not only careless at the press conference, but apparently was careless in the locker room touching teammates and varies belongings in the locker room.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 12:43 PM Post
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The virus is already on the wane in China where it was a lot worse. The cancelling now and barring flights from mainland Europe is to buy time and prevent a bigger spike in cases and protect the leagues from lawsuits. They're buying time because viruses do not spread easily in warm, humid weather. PGA Tour is going on as scheduled in Florida. Games played outdoors in warmer weather are not nearly the risk of games played indoors.
Worst I could see would be opening day being moved back by a couple weeks and season being condensed to 150 games. I'm guessing we'll see Brewers opening the roof at a much lower threshold, say 52 degrees rather than 62 once they start.

Other alternative is keeping the teams in Arizona and Florida and playing the first few weeks of the season in open air warm settings.


Stop. Just stop posting ridiculous mythical talking points. the above is 100% UNPROVEN in regards to COVID-19.

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Posted: March 12, 2020, 12:59 PM Post
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You are correct that that is unproven and shouldn't be stated as fact, but they are definitely trying to buy time in the hopes that that helps. It has spread in places that don't really have seasonal weather though.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 12:59 PM Post
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They just shut down baseball. No specifics given on when they are targeting to to start up again.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:03 PM Post
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Stop. Just stop posting ridiculous mythical talking points. the above is 100% UNPROVEN in regards to COVID-19.


It isn't proven but it is more proven than suggesting it won't slow it down. It hasn't spread well at all in warmer climates yet. These types of viruses tend to not like the heat. I get why the people in charge don't want people to assume this, they have to be as cautious as they can and you don't want people assuming things will change with the weather. It is still way more likely that things will slow down come warm weather than not.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:20 PM Post
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Iran has the 3rd highest infection rate of this and it has the same relative temperature right now as Arizona. The warm/cold thing is a terrible generalization to make based on the actions of a completely different strain of virus. Please don't spread information like this without confirming accuracy first.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:21 PM Post
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https://twitter.com/Haudricourt/status/ ... 0683103233

It's a really bad look now, how much media was complaining as few as 3-4 days ago about their access being limited. As if this whole coronavirus thing was actually all about them, and some grand plan to limit them from clubhouses.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:24 PM Post
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China had a grand total of 24 new cases yesterday. That's remarkable. They are probably much more on top of things than Iran or Italy, but it is evidence that the worst case scenarios CAN be avoided with relatively minimal impact--ASSUMING proper precautions are taken in the next few weeks. Those are still far better stats than seasonal flu or pneumonia statistics (again, assuming proper precautions are taken).


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:27 PM Post
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UW-Whitewater shuttered. My work sent mass communication requiring everyone to have their VPN access verified. I suspect this will explode locally the next couple of days.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:31 PM Post

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gotta cancel my wednesday flight to phoenix.


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Posted: March 12, 2020, 1:38 PM Post
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Iran has the 3rd highest infection rate of this and it has the same relative temperature right now as Arizona. The warm/cold thing is a terrible generalization to make based on the actions of a completely different strain of virus. Please don't spread information like this without confirming accuracy first.


I'm not spreading anything, you are the one spreading something like it is a fact. We have absolutely no clue that temperature has nothing to do with it, none whatsoever. All I said is viruses similar to this tend to spread less in warm weather and less in humid areas (and iran being in the 60's is not warm weather). In areas like Bangkok where it is in the 80s it is barely spreading, that could be due to something completely different but it is a sign that it could have an effect. We won't know until the warmer weather reaches us for sure. There is nothing inaccurate in any of that.


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