Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is set to begin later this month. As of Friday, 31 players tested positive for the coronavirus in the league’s first round of testing. Now many players are proceeding with caution or even opting out for the shortened season.
One of those weary players is Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle. Doolittle told the Washington Post Doolittle that he was tested for COVID-19 on Friday and Sunday, despite still not yet receiving his test results from Friday. Telling reporters, " we have to clean that up."
Doolittle went on to say "We’re trying to bring baseball back during a pandemic that’s killed 130,000 people [in the U.S.] We’re way worse off as a country than where we were in March when we shut this thing down."
"Sports are like the reward of a functional society, and we’re trying to just bring it back, even though we’ve taken none of the steps to flatten the curve."
Doolittle continued by asking the general public for help, saying to please wear a mask, social distance and keep washing your hands. After talking with reporters he also took to social media to share that Nationals don’t have the PPE, including masks, that they should. He said he's sharing his concerns because he wants baseball to return but also wants people to be safe.
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