MLB Checks In With 0.007% Positive Test Rate In Latest COVID Results, Fans Should Be In The Stands

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Major League Baseball conducted 14,845 tests and had just one positive this week. Even with that new positive test, all of baseball still has a mere 0.007% positive rate.

And that’s with limited fans in attendance. It’s time to unleash fans in the stands and get back to our lives.

Now that baseball is finding out through science that positive COVID tests are rare–fans should be able to attend games. Hindsight hero Dr. Fauci claimed a few months ago that it’s “improbable” that people could contract the virus outdoors, so there’s no chance fans sitting outside “put the players at risk.” No study has indicated that fans in the stands could cause a rise in COVID numbers.

It’s pure fear-mongering, and we should demand common sense leadership from those in charge of Major League Baseball.

Let’s stand back and watch how these latest numbers impact fan attendance heading into the regular season. If commissioner Rob Manfred follows the science, then expect to have a beer and hot dog in hand come April 1.

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 OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. For some reason, “optics” still matter more than “science”. I have proof. Last week I was in Lakeland, FL watching the Tigers. I was with 2 other friends, and we were sitting at the end of the first base side. There was an older couple two rows and a few seats over (much further than 6′ away). The next closest group was over 15′ away. Social distancing was more than covered. As we’re sitting there (without masks) having a cold beverage, the head of the park comes over and asks us to put our masks on. Why? Because this game was on the MLB Network and the camera down the 3rd base line had us clearly on TV every time they showed the profile shot of a right-handed pitcher. The fact that we weren’t wearing our masks was “bad optics.” Outside, socially distanced, in a group of 3. This, in a county that has had NO mask mandate during the last year.

    • Clearly politics are the premium of the day. Putting that aside, there is an old adage. Emotion (fear) is like an elephant. Reason is like the elephant’s rider sitting atop the beast. When the elephant is out of control, the rider can do nothing but hang on for dear life. For the ride to work the elephant and the rider must work together. Unfortunately emotion rules reason in the human. The forces that be, stoke the fear. Can reason gain control of emotion? I think reason will prevail. Not because it is human nature, but eventually humans become exhausted with fear mongering. I think exhaustion with the current “feardemic” is near. Life goes on.

  2. Higher than the death rate for people under 18 yet CDC recommends the vaccine for children. None of this is based on science at all. Period. With a near 100% survival rate, why would a child need a vaccine? Spoiler alert: they don’t need it if you base it on science.

  3. According to ESPN’s latest reporting, there will likely be fans in the stands for 29 of the 30 teams – all but the Nationals. So, fittingly, free American people will be well-represented everywhere except in Washington DC.

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