There’s a line in Super Troopers where they’re running out of time to fend off their whole department getting cut by the state, and Captain O’Hagen tells the squad they have to shape up because “our balls are this close to the band saw.”
That’s where we’re at with MLB, which is supposed to kick off in just barely over two weeks, on July 23rd, but couldn’t work out the kinks with coronavirus testing over the July 4th weekend. On Monday, we noted that the Nationals, Astros, A’s, Angels, Blue Jays, and probably the Cardinals were having issues getting testing done in a prompt manner.
Since then, Cubs star Kris Bryant excoriated MLB, saying it was taking nine days for them to get testing results and that he didn’t feel safe. Today, we find out the Giants also are suspending workouts while they wait for test results:
Breaking: Giants suspending workouts at Oracle Park, pending results of tests from weekend.
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) July 7, 2020
There isn’t much more time to squander here. This was already going to be a condensed second version of Spring Training before a 60-game sprint of a season, and every day that teams miss because MLB fails to deliver on the testing procedures that players were promised is precarious. There is going to be a voracious appetite for baseball’s product due to pent-up demand.
We can’t give MLB a pass for failing their own protocols over July 4th weekend, but at least it’s a plausible excuse for delays. If this problem persists any longer, we are going to have to start having very serious concerns about if there will actually be a season that starts when it’s supposed to.