COVID-19 continues to cast a dark cloud over Major League Baseball as summer camp commenced this weekend.
Several players tested positive for coronavirus while others continued to opt out of the season for health and safety reasons as positive coronavirus cases continue to spike in many states in the country.
It has some players – such as St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Andrew Miller – skeptical the season will happen despite being less than three weeks away from starting.
“I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” he said, per Anne Rogers of MLB.com. “By no means is this a slam dunk. We’re trying, we’re going to give it our best effort, but for me to sit here and say 100 percent would be a lie.”
Miller, who was among a handful of players around the league that kept a mask on during workouts, is a part of the MLBPA executive subcommittee and had publicly raised safety and health concerns of the players and argued for fair compensation for the risk they were willing to take to get back on the field.
Miller is not the only player who remains skeptical. Many players, such as Dodgers pitcher David Price, have decided to opt out of playing this season while others, such as Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle, have reported to camp with cautious optimism but have not ruled out opting out of the season.
Doolittle raised several issues on Sunday, including that he was tested on Friday and still has not received his results back but has been participating in camp. Those who test positive or have been showing symptoms must quarantine for 14 days.
“There’s a lot of players trying to make decisions participating in camp that aren’t 100 percent comfortable in camp right now,” he told reporters on Sunday. “…if it starts to take a toll on my mental health … then I’ll opt out.”