COVID-19 strikes again, this time for the Washington Nationals.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington D.C’s regulations to combat the virus’ spread have come to a crossroad with the Nats’ plans for baseball. The Washington Nationals may now have to travel to Fredericksburg, MD or West Palm Beach, FL to host the New York Yankees on July 23rd. This would possibly serve to become a precedent, as the number of cases in states like California with several teams have surged.
With the Nationals and Yankees opening up next week, a decision is expected to be made quickly. They may even suspend the game or move it to the Bronx, as MLB cannot afford to lose the very first game scheduled for the season. MLB, the owners and players have already lost billions in revenue this season, and can ill-afford to lose another dime.
In my opinion, they will find a site to play in, and when things get better they will go from there. This is definitely a blow to the hopes of finishing the season, as cases have rose again. I am optimistic about the MLB season happening, but I think you will see teams shuffling around and playing home games in alternate sites for the 2020 season as the unpredictability of COVID-19 continues to ravage the United States.
The Washington Nationals remain hopeful to find a site by July 23rd, but COVID-19 has proven to be a tough opponent, despite MLB taking what they feel to be all of the necessary precautions.
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