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Sun May 17, 2020, 09:21 AM

New MLB pandemic rules (they're hilariously unrealistic)

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will look somewhat like high school ball this year under protocols to deal with the new coronavirus, with showers at ballparks discouraged and players possibly arriving in uniform, like they did when they were teenagers.

Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on road trips.

Even the Phillie Phantic and Mr. Met will be missing, banned from the field along with all other team mascots.

https://apnews.com/fa448199aebdc7993e0d742f4dc13a88

Highlights:

• Spitting is prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools and cryotherapy chambers.

• Hitting in indoor cages is discouraged, batting gloves encouraged.

• Batting practice pitchers are to wear masks.

• Dugout telephones are to be disinfected after each use.

• Players may not touch their face to give signs, and they’re not allowed to lick their fingers.

• Teams are encouraged to hold meetings outdoors, players spread apart.

• Seats in the empty stands near the dugout should be used to maintain distance

• Next day’s starting pitcher can’t sit in the dugout.

• Everyone must keep their distance during “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”

• Fielders are “encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner” between pitches.

• First and third base coaches are not to approach baserunners or umpires, and players should not socialize with opponents.

• Managers and coaches must wear masks while in the dugouts.

• The entire traveling party -- including players -- must wear personal protective equipment while on buses and flights.

• Restaurants are off limits on the road, including the ones in hotels, as are hotel fitness centers

• A ball will be thrown away after it is touched by multiple players, and throwing the ball around the infield will be discouraged.

• Personnel who rub baseballs with mud for the umpires must use gloves.

• Individuals must avoid any physical interactions (such as high-fives, fist bumps, or hugs) while at club facilities.

Road trip changes:

• Use of Uber, subways and public buses is banned.

• Private airports encouraged and if not available, teams are to use private aviation facilities to board and exit.

• Transportation Security Administration screen should take place at ballparks if it can be arranged.

• In-flight catering is limited.

• Lower floors are to be used if possible at hotels, so stairs can be used instead of elevators, and private areas arranged for entrances, exits and check-in.

• Six staggered bus trips will be scheduled to and from the ballpark.

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More at the link.

Good grief, the season is dead. Give it up already.

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Reply New MLB pandemic rules (they're hilariously unrealistic) (Original post)
Auggie May 2020 OP
Laelth May 2020 #1
El Supremo May 2020 #10
Auggie May 2020 #12
luvs2sing May 2020 #2
Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2020 #4
Auggie May 2020 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2020 #7
JonLP24 May 2020 #19
hangaleft May 2020 #5
Alacritous Crier May 2020 #8
RainCaster May 2020 #9
LastDemocratInSC May 2020 #11
central scrutinizer May 2020 #13
Auggie May 2020 #14
CaptYossarian May 2020 #15
Auggie May 2020 #16
CaptYossarian May 2020 #21
Auggie May 2020 #22
Journeyman May 2020 #17
Brother Buzz May 2020 #18
Auggie May 2020 #20
LisaM May 2020 #23

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:40 AM

1. Spitting is prohibited?

There goes baseball!

These rules are ridiculous on their face. Seriously, this can’t be real.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:13 AM

10. No sunflower seeds!

That and half the salary means no season this year.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #10)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:40 AM

12. Can you imagine managers and coaches wearing masks in the dugouts? In July?

90°f day with 90% humidity. It's nuts.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:40 AM

2. This is nuts. nt

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:41 AM

3. Money talks, common sense walks nt

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:45 AM

4. They might as well just cancel the season.

This is the DU member formerly known as The Velveteen Ocelot.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:03 AM

6. Exactly!

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Response to Auggie (Reply #6)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:06 AM

7. Shows, concerts, plays have been canceled everywhere.

If bands like the Rolling Stones can cancel their tours, why can't a bunch of overpaid athletes sit out a season? They certainly won't starve if that happens.
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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #7)

Mon May 18, 2020, 05:37 AM

19. I disagree on the overpaid

If owners can rake in millions & billions the least they can do is fairly pay their labor unlike the NCAA. You can't have baseball games without baseball players. The only overpaid aspect comes to endorsements yet the companies think having an athlete endorsement increases the value of their company so I don't think they are overpaid on that aspect. It is similar to why A list actors have high salaries.

I do wonder what college football will be like. I have season tickets to see Arizona State. They have a really great Sophomore quarterback who is easily on track to make the pros I wonder how a suspension will affect his development. Arizona State is also doing really great in recruiting. I'm going to wait and see what happens.
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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 09:45 AM

5. I canceled my sub to DTV last month

 

I subscribed to DirecTV for two reasons — CNN and MLB.

CNN was (is?) wall to wall Coronavirus and I couldn’t see how they’re gonna play baseball. It’s unrealistic to think they can. Even if they try, I see the season ending within a few weeks following its start.

In short, there was no longer any reason to continue subscribing to DirecTV, so I canceled my sub.

I hate to break it to baseball fans (or owners) or fans of any sport. Or restaurant owners or goers. Or concert goers. Or performers. We aren’t going to return to normal unless an effective immunizing vaccine is developed. That’s the long and short of it.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:07 AM

8. Insanity!

That's not baseball! I agree, just cancel the season for crying out loud.
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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 10:35 AM

9. Restaurants off limits on the road?

How do they eat?

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:20 AM

11. And don't forget the Jimmy Dugan rule:

"There's no crying in baseball."

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:00 PM

13. Can't wait to see the NFL rules

Linemen must be separated horizontally by six feet
Offensive and defensive linemen each must be three feet back from the line of scrimmage, except for the center who must be gloved and masked.
A newly sanitized ball must be used on every down
No blocking
No tackling

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #13)

Sun May 17, 2020, 01:25 PM

14. +1

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 03:38 PM

15. No tagging?

I didn't see it mentioned.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #15)

Sun May 17, 2020, 05:26 PM

16. Hah -- "distance tagging"

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Response to Auggie (Reply #16)

Mon May 18, 2020, 01:12 PM

21. Will we still need instant replay and challenges?

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #21)

Mon May 18, 2020, 01:24 PM

22. Absolutely!

Was the tag within 72 inches or not?

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:58 PM

17. Maybe they can play the game inside solar-powered personal bubbles . . .

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #17)

Mon May 18, 2020, 01:28 AM

18. Maybe they can just scale up Lou Brock's 'The Broccabrella' to six foot and call it a day

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #17)

Mon May 18, 2020, 07:17 AM

20. Call it "Bubble Baseball!"

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:24 AM

23. Why do they have to throw away bats?

Can't they just put them in some sealed container for a few days? The virus won't live longer than that.

I also see no reason to sing "God Bless America". This would be a perfect time to phase it out for good.

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