Tomorrow is Opening Day. That means today is Preview Day at NBC Sports.
This morning we’ll be posting our 2019 predictions, some capsule team summaries and some other fun things. This afternoon, we’ll have something new.
At 2PM Eastern/1PM Central, I will be joining NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan and Leila Rahimi, along with other NBC Sports analysts from the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, DC, and Philadelphia for a special season preview show streaming show on NBC’s MyTeams app.
You can download the MyTeams app here. And you should want to, even if you can’t make the show today, as it’s a great source for in-depth coverage, live games and highlights, which you can specially tailor for the teams you follow.
As for the show today, I promise to say something kinda dumb, something kinda smart, and something that the hosts say “OK” to and nod and then quickly move on because they’re not exactly sure what I’m getting at. You know, the usual.
See you at 2PM!
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.