Covid-19 puts baseball in jeopardy


Dale Summerfield Jr.

The Milwaukee Brewers stadium Miller Park is empty upon a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday June 22.The 2020 baseball season is on hold due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

By Dale Summerfield Jr., Reporter

The 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season is on standby due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The season has been halted since March 13 with the cancellation of the remaining Spring Training games. However, according to an article published by the MLB and their players union has been in discussion of starting the season in May. They have discussed playing their regular season games at spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida and the three Major League Ballparks in those respective states with no crowds. Both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have supported the idea that was presented to them. If the plan is accepted the MLB would be the first sports league to resume play.

In the history of the MLB there have been a total of seven shortened seasons. In an article published by NBC Sports they go in depth with what happened to that season. They had five shortened seasons in the MLB due to player strikes and one strike occurring due to World War One and a strike resulting in financial issues that resulted in No World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Not only has the MLB been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic so has high school baseball. The Superior Spartans baseball season is currently cancelled. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) voted on the decision on Tuesday April, 21 and decided that no season or tournaments shall be played this season.

“ We had a chance to be really good and make a run into the playoffs”, senior Joey Barker said.

Barker had high hopes for the season as the team had a lineup filled not only with seniors but his best friends. He was looking to make lifetime memories playing in his final season before going to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

As for the Coronavirus Pandemic, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has extended the stay at home order until May 26. There is still a chance people may see Major League Baseball this season but for Brewer and Twins Fans they won’t be able to see the games in person.