Coaches and managers appear to be most at risk. Most are between 40, 50 and 60 years old. Do they need to wear protective masks and gloves in the dugout? How do you protect yourself from being around a large group of young people? All it takes is one to be a carrier of the disease without knowing it.
The health of coaches and other staff must be taken into account. Those who need to care for players on a day-to-day basis for bumps, bruises and illnesses may require all kinds of protective clothing to do their job.
Should a manager, coach or player get the virus? Does MLB quarantine that team for weeks? How will that affect the pennant races and the rest of the calendar? If that person’s situation becomes critical or worse, will MLB shut everything down?
Also, all safety-conscious fans will stay away. MLB will have to deal with empty stadiums. The sound of the ball hitting the bat will reverberate through the porous 50,000-seat stadiums. The overall quality of the game experience will be compromised.
Smarter heads than this are currently working on these problems. However, until a vaccine is found and administered, logic would tell you that as much as we would all love for our teams to hit the field, MLB had better get through it this season.
In the words of the musical Damn Yankees, “until next year.”