Spring training for the MLB is officially underway. Games have begun, and most teams are moving forward without a hitch. This is no small feat, as last year spring training was cancelled midway through, and the season was ultimately shortened to 60 games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thus far, there is no reason to believe that the MLB season won’t get underway, and the MLB is currently on track to play a full spring training, followed by a full 162-game slate of regular season games and then the postseason.
With that said, there are still protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep the season going. Many of the protocols and rule changes installed last year are still in effect.
We have already seen this working, as even now, just barely into spring training, the Cleveland Indians have sidelined Franmil Reyes, José Ramirez and Pedro Strop after they violated those protocols.
Reyes and Ramirez went to dinner at an indoor restaurant, which violates the protocols agreed upon by the MLB and the Players Union. They arrived at the Indians facility Saturday and were promptly sent home, before any possible exposure could occur.