Major League Baseball fumbled its grand reopening with outbreaks in multiple MLB locker rooms before playing two full weeks of games without fans. At one point the commissioner warned the players association of a shutdown if test results didn’t improve, and now the two sides have come together in agreement on harsher punishments for any rule-breakers.
Some of the new team safety protocols include:
— Masks to be worn at all times when not on the playing field, even in the dugout
— Players must wear masks at the hotel at all times whenever they’re outside their own hotel room
— Players must notify team compliance whenever they wish to leave the hotel
— No bars, lounges or malls on the road or at home
— Team personnel will be reduced on trips
All of this comes from national baseball writer Jared Diamond on Twitter, who also notes players can now be suspended for the rest of the season if they refuse to follow orders. A written warning will come first, then the suspension is in play from there if necessary.
Any covered individual found to be flagrantly violating these protocols, including refusing to wear a face covering after being reminded, can be banned from further participation in the 2020 season, following a written warning.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) August 6, 2020
They should’ve bubbled.