Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Baseball is having problems with testing for COVID-19, and MLB’s restart plans are at risk


The return to play of the professional sports leagues around the world has largely passed off without incident in most of Europe as soccer has made its return to action in Spain, Italy, and England. In the U.S., concerns are growing over the return to play of all the major sporting leagues outside of the NHL as decisions to hold tournaments in Florida have caused concern for NBA and MLS players. A prolonged negotiation period has seen Major League Baseball finally agree to return to action, but problems with tests are causing concerns for many teams as they plan for a return to full practice.

The COVID-19 pandemic struck just as Major League teams were planning their return to spring training with many fearing the cancellation of the entire 2020 season as the U.S. became the global Coronavirus hotspot for the world. Over the course of the last few months, the players union and owners of teams have been in prolonged negotiations to ensure the players, staff members, and their families feel safe and comfortable with the precautions that have been put into place for them.

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