Introducing NBC SportsWorld


We have a new site around these parts. It’s called NBC SportsWorld. In the parlance of the times you may refer to it as our “longform” site, but really it’s just a place for longer and meatier stories. Things that, unlike so much of our bloggy output, has a shelf life. Joe Posnanski explains the idea here. At the risk of sounding like a company man, allow me to offer that the site looks great and the stuff that we have up over there so far is really, really good.

Of particular note this morning: Posnanski’s story about Ned Yost and how, despite the slings and arrows he’s taken, he has the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. To figure out how that kind of thing happens, Joe notes, you gotta look at the folks who came before him and appreciate how odd a job baseball manager really is.

Of course there is a lot more over at SportsWorld. My “Baseball Isn’t Dying” post has been moved over there and it’s now much more readable and attractive than it was as a blog post. Posnanski’s stories about Tony Gwynn and Pat Neshek can be found there as well.

Go check out SportsWorld. And give it a follow on Twitter. We’re pretty proud of it.

Marlins’ Jeter blames outbreak on ‘false sense of security’

Derek Jeter statement
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MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter blamed the team’s coronavirus outbreak on a collective false sense of security that made players lax about social distancing and wearing masks.

Infected were 21 members of the team’s traveling party, including at least 18 players. None is seriously ill, Jeter said Monday, and he expects all to return this season.

With more than half of the team sidelined, Jeter said the Marlins still can be competitive when their season resumes Tuesday at Baltimore after a hiatus of more than a week.

Following an MLB investigation, Jeter said, it’s impossible to know where the first Marlins player became infected or how the virus reached their clubhouse. They left South Florida last week to play two exhibition games in Atlanta, and then opened the season with a three-game series in Philadelphia, where the outbreak surfaced.

“Guys were around each other, they got relaxed and they let their guard down,” Jeter said. “They were getting together in groups. They weren’t wearing masks as much as they should have. They weren’t social distancing. The entire traveling party got a little too comfortable.”

Jeter said his players were annoyed by speculation that reckless misbehavior was to blame.

“Our guys were not running all around town in Atlanta,” he said. “We did have a couple of individuals leave the hotel. We had guys leave to get coffee, to get clothes. A guy left to have dinner at a teammate’s house. There were no other guests on site. There was no salacious activity. There was no hanging out at bars, no clubs, no running around Atlanta.”

By Sunday, the outbreak had become so serious that the Marlins’ season was temporarily suspended, with the team stranded in Philadelphia. The infected players have since returned by bus to South Florida, where they are quarantined.

“We have a lot of players who are asymptomatic, and we have players who are showing mild symptoms,” Jeter said.

He said he is optimistic his players will closely adhere to the MLB virus protocols the rest of the season.

“We’ve been given an opportunity to hit the reset button,” Jeter said. “I hope people look at what happened to us and use that as a warning to see how quickly this is able to spread if you’re not following the protocols 100%.”

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