MLB Opening Day logo during Giants-Rays game
Apr 5, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; The main scoreboard displays the Opening Day logo before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Tampa Bay Rays at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been a lot of concern about the 2020 Major League Baseball season getting going amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Among the biggest concerns is the fact that teams will be playing in their home stadiums. That’s especially true in virus hot spots such as Southern California, Texas and Florida.

We now have some absolutely tremendous news on this front.

MLB reports only six new COVID-19 cases

A total of six positive cases (five players) out of 10,548 samples.

That is beyond ridiculous given that the United States just registered over 70,000 new cases in the past 24 hours (as of publication of this article).

What does this mean for the 2020 MLB season?

Well, it is undeniably great news. Previous concerns were that outbreaks we saw during the ramp-up period would be extended into the start of the season.

Now that Opening Day is less than a week away, that could potentially be thrown out the window.

Fans are not going to be in attendance this season. That obviously lowers the chances of a major outbreak putting a halt to the MLB season. It’s also rather clear that the league’s COVID-19 testing protocols are working just fine.

The season is slated to get going July 23 with a doubleheader. It will start with the defending champion Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees and conclude with the San Francisco Giants visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Vincent Frank
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