Following many cases of COVID-19 reported Friday in professional athletes who are preparing for their return to the game, the authorities of major league baseball have decided to immediately close the training centers of all of its teams in Florida and Arizona.
This is what was reported in the evening Bob Nightengale of USA Today. According to the information obtained by the reporter, all facilities must be cleaned in depth. No player or staff member cannot now enter into these training centres without having previously undergone a screening test of the COVID-19.
This decision comes at the end of a difficult day for the north american professional sports leagues that have announced many new cases of coronavirus.
The Philadelphia Phillies revealed that eight members of their organization, including five players, have been contaminated. Therefore, the organization has quickly closed its training center in Clearwater, Florida.
The Toronto Blue Jays have also been forced to close their centre, florida, in Dunedin, after a player had presented symptoms of the COVID-19. Depending on the network ESPN, the player concerned would be a launcher and would have spent time with the teams Phillies minor. He is currently awaiting the result of the test.
The Houston Astros have also confirmed that one of their player who is training in West Palm Beach has contracted the coronavirus.
For their part, the Giants of San Francisco have closed their training center in Arizona, Friday.
Not more than 60 matches this season
The authorities of major league baseball had informed the players ‘ Association (MLBPA) as the season 2020 will not exceed 60 games.
This is what the MLBPA said Friday evening in a short press release published on the social networks.
“The MLB has informed the Association that it would not support our last proposal, and that we will not play more than 60 games. Our executive committee will determine the next step to take. What is important is that the players remain determined to return to work as early as possible”, one can read in the press release.
The players had filed a proposal Thursday to the attention of the commissioner, Rob Manfred, and of the authorities of the league that included a regular season of 70 games.