We will always have the weekend of 7/24 - 7/26 to remember fondly. Thanks for the memories, MLB.
In case you have not heard today's news, here's a quick rundown of the issue today.
As of Monday afternoon, there have been 2 games cancelled for today, Monday, 7/27. These games have been cancelled because 14 people from the Miami Marlins organization (12 players and 2 coaches) have tested positive for Covid-19. The games are the Marlins' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies hosting the New York Yankees. The Phillies/Yankees game was postponed since the Phillies played the Marlins over the weekend. To my knowledge, no Phillies players/coaches have tested positive. Yet.
I don't think anyone believed we were going to get through this short baseball season without it's share of setbacks, due to the out-of-control nature of this pandemic. However, I also think most people believed we would get more than 4 days into the season before this happened. And yet, here we are.
MLB has somewhat prepared for this exact situation though. Each team has created a 60-man "player pool" that they can pull from, to prepare for this exact situation. So, in theory, the Marlins could play with what essentially amounts to their AAA lineup. And let's be fair, this is the Marlins, so how different could it possibly be? This team has been playing AAA quality ball for years now.
Let the Marlins players that tested positive quarantine themselves for the required 2 weeks. In the meantime, allow the players from the player pool fill in and continue the season as scheduled. Everyone is looking for such complex answers to everything Covid-related, but the most effective solution might just be the easiest one that is right in front of us.
If you want a more creative solution, I have one of those as well. The season is essentially 10 weeks long. Every week, we can eliminate 1 team in each league. After the 10 weeks, we would have 10 teams standing, 5 in each league. That would be the division winner and 2 wildcard teams, which also happens to be the same amount of teams that made the playoffs in the past 7 years. Then play the playoffs as planned. There would be some scheduling issues that come up with this plan, but I'm confident they could be resolved.
The bottom line here: We, or at least I, need MLB to go on as scheduled. If we let this cancel MLB, then there is no chance for NFL this fall. If there is no NFL this fall, then what's the point of all of this? I don't want to live in a world with no NFL football in the fall/winter.
MLB needs to figure this out, for all of us. I have no shortage of ideas, so MLB, you know where to find me.