In their operations manual outlining this season’s protocols for COVID-19, Major League Baseball mandated that “everyone must wear a face covering at stadiums and facilities unless they’re playing, practicing, or working out” and that “players and members of coaching staff aren’t required to wear masks during games but can wear one.”
Count Clint Frazier among those who will abide by the latter, as he told the media in a Zoom call Sunday prior to the Yankees’ daily workout.
“I’m going to try to do it as much as I can. Hopefully someone sees it and hopefully they do it too,” Frazier said. “There are people in our organization that I’m trying to be respectful toward, and I’m just trying to overall do the best part that I can and make sure that our team does stay healthy.”
Simply being in the batter’s box puts a catcher in close contact with every hitter in the opposing lineup, so there are dozens of chances for unknowing spread of the coronavirus just from the logistics of the game.
That, too, weighs on Frazier’s mind, as he has gotten more comfortable with wearing a mask and changed his style of masks as he has adapted.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” he said. “At first, it was a little weird, but I feel like it’s just something that became second nature at this point.”
DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa both tested positive for coronavirus prior to Yankees camp starting, and over the weekend, it was announced that Aroldis Chapman has also tested positive.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and with Frazier already dealing with some minor plantar fasciitis according to Aaron Boone, every little bit helps in the fight to stay healthy.