The results of the MLB coronavirus antibody study are in

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Last month, it was announced that 10,000 employees employed by 26 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams would be taking part in a coronavirus (COVID-19) study. The subjects had their blood drawn via pinprick, which was then studied for the presence of the lgM and lgG antibodies.

The results are back, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. 5,754 tests were returned, including 5,603 with completed surveys. 0.7 of the MLB employee population tested positive for COVID antibodies, lower than the results from similar studies. 70 percent of those who tested positive for the antibodies were asymptomatic.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at the University of Stanford which ran the study, said, “I was expecting a large number. It shows the value of doing the science as opposed to guessing.”

As Passan notes, the MLB employee population doesn’t reflect the U.S. population at large. Men made up 60 percent of the MLB employee population and white people comprised 80 percent. Furthermore, as most of the employees’ jobs could be classified as “white collar,” there is a socioeconomic factor to consider as well.

As mentioned last month, MLB did not volunteer for the study out of a desire to get the 2020 season started. MLB did not pay to join the study and the subjects’ identifying information was removed.

No lease extension, but Orioles and governor tout partnership

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The Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced a joint commitment to what they called a “multi-decade, public-private partnership” to revitalize the Camden Yards sports complex.

The statement from the team and the state’s new governor came Wednesday, the deadline for the Orioles to exercise a one-time, five-year extension to their lease at Camden Yards. The team was not planning to exercise that option, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t announced its decision.

With no extension, the lease is set to expire at the end of this year, but the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority can keep negotiating. Wednesday’s joint release seemed to be an attempt to calm any nerves in Baltimore about the team’s future.

“I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Moore, his administration, and the Maryland Stadium Authority in order to bring to Baltimore the modern, sustainable, and electrifying sports and entertainment destination the state of Maryland deserves,” Orioles CEO John Angelos said.

“We greatly appreciate Governor Moore’s vision and commitment as we seize the tremendous opportunity to redefine the paradigm of what a Major League Baseball venue represents and thereby revitalize downtown Baltimore. It is my hope and expectation that, together with Governor Moore and the new members and new chairman of the MSA board, we can again fully realize the potential of Camden Yards to serve as a catalyst for Baltimore’s second renaissance.”

Republican Larry Hogan, the state’s previous governor, signed a bill last year increasing bond authorization for M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and Camden Yards. The measure allowed borrowing of up to $600 million for each stadium.

“When Camden Yards opened 30 years ago, the Baltimore Orioles revolutionized baseball and set the bar for the fan experience,” Moore, a Democrat, said Wednesday. “We share the commitment of the Orioles organization to ensuring that the team is playing in a world-class facility at Camden Yards for decades to come and are excited to advance our public-private partnership.”

Angelos recently reaffirmed that the Orioles would stay in Baltimore, although he dressed down a reporter who asked for more clarity on the future of the team’s ownership situation. Angelos was sued last year by his brother Lou, who claimed John Angelos seized control of the Orioles at his expense.