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Three circumstances which would cancel the 2020 baseball season

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Ever since people began speculating about what the 2020 season might look like, people have been asking what, in these fairly insane and uncertain times, might cause the season to be cancelled.

Over the weekend Andy Martino of SNY obtained the portion of Major League Baseball’s health and safety protocols which speak to that. And it turns out that there are three things which could trigger a season cancellation. The three triggers:

(1) if restrictions on travel throughout the United States are imposed;

(2) if there is a material change in circumstances such that the Commissioner determines, after consultation with recognized medical experts and the Players Association, that it poses an unreasonable health and safety risk to players or staff to stage those games, even without fans in attendance; or

(3) if the number of players who are unavailable to perform services due to COVID-19 is so great that the competitive integrity of the season is undermined.

The first factor is obviously objective. The second two are obviously subjective, left up to Rob Manfred’s judgment. I’m not sure what, exactly, would trigger such judgments. There is no set number of positive tests or players absent which would tip the balance, for example. But given that the recent surge in positive tests, both nationally and on MLB rosters, haven’t spurred such discussion, I have to imagine it’d be a pretty dire set of circumstances.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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