No Bubble, No Season

The NHL reported zero positive cases during their latest round of testing. They entered their “bubble” on July 26th. The NBA also reported zero positive cases during their last round of testing. They entered their “bubble” during the first week in July.

The MLB is one week into their shortened regular season schedule and they have already canceled and postponed games due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The MLB chose not to play their season in a “bubble”. They chose to travel the country and stay in hotels in cities around the country. It’s not hard to figure out why this plan isn’t working, but it is difficult to understand why this plan was chosen.

From what I’ve read and understood, the MLB is conducting a similar amount of testing to the NHL and NBA. This leads me to believe the difference has to be the travel and exposure to an infinitely larger population than the other two sports. The MLB may have to institute its own “bubble”. What is the MLB gaining by having games in stadiums across America? The home team knows the ballpark? Maybe, but without fans, how much of an advantage is that really? The real question shouldn’t be whether it effects winning, but rather health.

If they don’t change protocol, there might not be a season to worry about at all.

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