Among the major sports leagues in the United States, the MLB has continued to experience the most concerning difficulty moving forward. There have been rising doubts that the 2020 season could be jeopardized due to the recent coronavirus outbreak that a couple of the teams had. That has led to many other players to air out their thoughts on the situation. LA Angels star outfielder Mike Trout has once again become vocal as he has asked the MLB to make a significant change for the players and their families.
MLB struggling to move through 2020 season
Following the challenging path, it was to get the 2020 season underway; the MLB continues to deal with lingering issues along the way.
Things took a step in the wrong direction with the recent coronavirus outbreak that the Miami Marlins and St. Cardinals had. That led to these two teams having to cancel several games due to the virus, which brought forth questions about the 2020 season status.
It sprouted reports of commissioner Rob Manfred voicing that the campaign could be canceled if things don’t come back under control. The MLB is handling a fluid situation, but it’s one that Mike Trout believes still needs one significant change.
Mike Trout wants daily coronavirus testing
Throughout the last several weeks, several notable players have been quite vocal about their concerns playing the 2020 season.
Angels star outfielder Mike Trout has been among those to air out his doubts about the MLB’s handling of the situation. Trout went that route again as he stated that he believes the league needs daily coronavirus testing to ensure another layer of player safety. (H/T Yahoo Sports)
“I think the protocols are good, but it’s just the testing,” Trout said. “I’ve said this since Day One, I think if you don’t have testing every day, it’s going to be tough. You’re always trying to catch up and trying to catch it. You know, if we get tested Friday and we have to wait two days to get the results back, you don’t know what’s going to happen in between. You’ve seen it with the Marlins. You’ve seen it with the Cardinals. It spreads fast.”
These comments are especially crucial for Trout at this point after the recent birth of his son. He has plenty of personal reasons for there to be strict and structured daily testing. It’s a significant financial hit the MLB will take, but it’s something that should be in place to keep the players and their families safe.
That goes well beyond keeping the 2020 season going as there could be a concerning long-term impact without daily testing. The fact that the league’s best player, who isn’t ordinarily vocal, is talking about it should bring much attention from the MLB to make that change.
More changes coming?
The MLB is in the middle of a rough spot where things could hedge in either direction as the coronavirus has heavily impacted two teams.
That has already cast the doubt that the 2020 season will finish as hoped as there are lingering issues. The lack of daily testing will provide another layer of safety for the players, coaches, and team personnel. There are more than enough reasons to increase the health protocol measures, which should create more change.
Only time will tell if/when the MLB will hedge toward the route of putting forth more safety parameters during this global pandemic.