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Several MLB players, staff test positive for COVID-19


SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 21: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A nurse evaluates a coronavirus COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit (I.C.U.) at Regional Medical Center on May 21, 2020 in San Jose, California. Frontline workers are continuing to care for coronavirus COVID-19 patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Clara county, where this hospital is located, has had the most deaths of any Northern California county, and the earliest known COVID-19 related deaths in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The Associated Press reports that several Major League Baseball players and staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem acknowledged this in the letter he sent on behalf of the league to MLB Players Association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer recently.

Halem wrote, “The proliferation of COVID-19 outbreaks around the country over the last week, and the fact that we already know of several 40-man roster players and staff who have tested positive, has increased the risks associated with commencing spring training in the next few weeks.”

The identifies of the players who tested positive are not known. Amid increasing labor tension between MLB ownership and the union, this serves as a stark reminder of what else is at stake: the lives and good health of the players, as well as their families and friends. Over 115,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, according to the CDC. Cases are rising in some states, including Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.

Some players don’t think the timing of this information being made public is simply a coincidence. Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle:

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