Arizona Officials Sign A Letter To Halt Spring Training While The NHL Plays Games With Fans

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Arizona officials have released a letter asking Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to an “increased COVID rate.” Meanwhile, NHL games are being played with fans, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan points out:

The NHL, a professional sports league run by leaders with guts, has attempted to return the game to normal. The MLB, on the other hand, has had its tail between its legs and can’t seem to follow any logic. Why would baseball need to stop when its fans sit further away from each other than they do in practically every other sport?

You go to a hockey game, and fans are smacking their hands against the glass. Fans sitting at a baseball game hardly move, except to wave down the hot dog vendor. There’s no logic for either league stopping play or fan attendance. If we give in to the always-changing CDC stats again, we’ll never enjoy sports like we used to.

America will open and close based on opinions of people who aren’t affected by their decisions. They certainly aren’t sports fans.

Have some guts

Major League Baseball needs to have a spine and tell Arizona’s officials that spring training will start with or without their approval. The media will tell us that commissioner Rob Manfred will have “blood on his hands,” but reality is that they’re just making up data as they go. No one actually understands the data because it conveniently changes overnight based on what our government needs from us that day.

Do not fold, baseball.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Yes, 9 guys in peak physical condition standing outside in the open air exercising is a threat to public health that puts the populous in danger. Pro baseball is a much greater risk to these Arizona leaders than the 1200 people daily stampeding one another with shopping carts to herd into the local Costco to buy 3 cases of beer and 10 gallons of pimento cheese.

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