It's been two months since Major League Baseball halted spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, players have had to get creative to stay in shape, as almost all facilities across the country have been closed.
The league's owners have reportedly approved a proposal that would allow the regular season to begin around July 4th, and are presenting the said proposal to the players' association on Tuesday. Should the proposal pass, MLB players will likely go through an abbreviated spring training at some point in June.
But one question remains: how much time is enough for players to get back in baseball shape?
Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton believes that it may take longer than many expect for players to get back into playing shape.
"It'll take more time than we think," Eaton said on 'Inside Pitch' hosts Casey Stern and Ryan Spilborghs on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio. "We think we're superhuman, but we're not."
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The right fielder mentioned that most players across the league don't have access to facilities while quarantined that would allow them to stay ready.
"We haven't done [baseball activities] in a long time," Eaton said. As far as how he's personally staying in shape, the outfielder mentioned he's "getting creative."
It's not just baseball that is dealing with this issue right now. Practically all sports have either had their seasons paused or the start date delayed due to the pandemic, too.
Eaton specifically mentioned the NHL and how they'll likely have to give their players extra time to return should the season resume, simply because their players haven't even been able to skate around in weeks.
"Those guys haven't been on skates in almost two months," Eaton said. "They've probably never not been on skates for two months since they were four years old."
The outfielder knows that when baseball does resume, preseason activities, in all likelihood, will just be a fraction of the normal length.
"Whatever they give us, the amount of time, we'll have to make the best use of it," Eaton said. "We'll try to ramp up as effectively as possible."
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