January 21, 2021

MLB players on how they’ve had to adapt, from no fans in the stands to no couches in the clubhouse (ESPN)


Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Brant Brown used to see his daily drive to the ballpark as an opportunity to make phone calls. But this season he has learned, as many of the team’s players and coaches have, that it’s best to stay quiet on his commute to save up enough saliva for the diagnostic/PCR test that usually awaits him.

Brown’s adjustment is a shell on a sandy beach, just one example of the countless alterations made by players, coaches, trainers and everybody else involved with making Major League Baseball games possible in a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the country.

Life has been predictably different for the 3,500-plus players, coaches and staff members who are classified as Tier 1 or 2 personnel on the 30 MLB teams during the first two weeks of this atypical 2020 season. That is especially the case for players, who have quickly modified so many of the aspects of playing a game that has encompassed…

Read “MLB players on how they’ve had to adapt, from no fans in the stands to no couches in the clubhouse” at ESPN