They’re supposed to release the 60-game schedule tonight at 6 p.m. That seems mighty optimistic under the circumstances.
Deadspin has a fine round-up of all of the discouraging signs this weekend that baseball will actually be played this summer, but we can boil it down to two points. Live sports would stand a decent chance of happening right now if (a) the entire country’s epidemic curve looked like New York’s, with cases bottoming out (mostly) everywhere, instead of the opposite, and (b) players who’ve already been infected had beaten the disease with few or no symptoms, making it seem like more of an inconvenience than a mortal threat.
We all know how badly the United States has missed on the first point but we’d been doing much better on the second point until recently. Athletes in every professional sport have contracted the disease, but thanks to their youth and excellent physical health, there have been few reports of any of them struggling with COVID-19. That changed two days ago with news that Braves all-star Freddie Freeman has come down with a case and it’s momentarily kicking his ass: