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.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.
Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.
Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.
“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.
If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.