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Cabin star Anthony Rizzo blows up MLB for lack of player safety protocols during rain delays



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The Chicago Cubans did not play against Red Cincinnati on Thursday night as originally planned. Rather, the game was postponed after a delay – not because of COVID-19 related issues – but because of torrential rain. Unfortunately, rain delays themselves have become COVID-1

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The Miami Marlins, who have suffered the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the sport, complained about the impossibility of social distance during a rain delay against the Atlanta Braves just days before the start of the season. “We had all these guys and nowhere to go,” manager Don Mattingly told reporters. “Then we have a million people in the truck, so there is no way we distance ourselves socially.”

Maybe Mattingly’s quote was on Anthony Rizzo’s mind when he took to Twitter on Thursday night to ask why players were allowed to sit around the club when it was clear the game would not be played.

“Player safety?” Rizzo tweeted on the league’s official account, “@MLB let us sit for about 8 plus hours inside the home club. I’m sure I can find it somewhere in the 113-page player safety protocol.”

Rizzo followed that tweet by sending a weather radar picture to the Reds account, asking where they saw a window to play.

Rizzo, a cancer survivor, has taken COVID-19 seriously. He is even taken to carry the hand sanitizer with him when he is reaching his position. He also has a point here. Based on what is known how COVID-19 transmits, the chances are higher when individuals are exposed for long periods of time to larger crowds in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas at intimate distances. Clashing 30 plus individuals in the big club standard club for hours will seem like a controversial idea (though players are supposed to be disguised).

If MLB takes Rizzo’s criticism to heart and starts making clear calls for weather delays sooner than normal, it will be seen. It can not hurt if the league wants to do everything possible to avoid that kind of procrastination.




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