By the end, the Toronto Blue Joyce knew where the club would hold the training camp. Great. All that remains to be determined is who will be at the Rogers Center next week, what the three-week short camp will do, where the club will play its home games this season, what its schedule will be and how it will handle COVID-19 related absences.
As has always been the case when trying to play baseball during a global epidemic, there are more questions than answers. But from here we have some information about how Neil J will move forward. And any build-up to the surprise season will look like it never was before.
When will the training camp start? What will it involve?
The Toronto training camp has already technically started. A small team of Neil Jess players who have cleared the MLB’s intake protocol and prepared two negative COVID-19 tests have now gathered the team at Dundee, Fly Club are free to use the facility.
However, many of their teammates are still waiting for clearance. Although the MLB only requires a negative COVID-19 test as part of its adoption protocol, all Blue Joyce players must pass two of them before being allowed to enter training camp. This additional step was necessary to address the Canadian government’s public health concerns. And all the tests take time.
However, the club hopes that most of the tests will return by the weekend, with the club flying to Toronto on a private charter. The plane will arrive at a private augmentation at Pearson International Airport, where players and staff will travel directly to the Rogers Center in clean private buses to standards set by the Canadian Public Health Agency.
Once players arrive at the Rogers Center site, a more formal, organized workout will begin. These will be stagnant throughout the day to encourage physical distance and will split the players into teams.
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High-touch surfaces – door knobs, faucets, dials, handles – will be disinfected every hour and all areas will be thoroughly cleaned every day. The club will use four separate locker rooms for player distances, taping the sinks of each other washroom and removing communal toilets.
The Heaters will have access to both the home and the visitors’ batting cage, and the clock will be ticking across five different ounds – Game T plus P plus on each Outfield Bullpage. Blue J has explored the possibility of adding temporary ounds, but club president Mark Shapiro said the team was leaning against it.
“I think we will have the ability to do our job.” “In particular, we are not working as a group of 60 players, but as two groups of 25-30 players.”
Throughout the training camp, all players and staff will live in a hotel room attached to the Rogers Center, isolated from the general public in dedicated room blocks. Hotel staff will wear masks and go through daily health assessments and temperature screenings before changing them.
Players and staff will not be allowed to leave the premises during the training camp and travel between their rooms and the ballpark within the boundaries of the stadium. This will require high prudence and discipline. However, if someone is caught leaving the stadium, they could be punished under Canadian quarantine law, which could result in a six-figure fine or imprisonment.
It should be just enough dissatisfaction to make sure that none of the Blue Joyce Party is violating the rules of the training camp. And Shapiro says he and Blue JS GM Ross Atkins encouraged him by seeing feedback from players during consultations while working to move to training camp north of the border.
“They were part of the process. We did not make the decision unilaterally. We have made this decision with them, ”Shapiro said of the Blue Joyce players. “It was collaborative and collaborative from the beginning. They have been educated. There are clear penalties outside of what we will do for violating segregation – which has been reported to them. But I don’t expect them to be issued because we were talking to them from the beginning and they understood their responsibilities and expectations.
Will the Blue Jays play a show game against other MLB clubs?
Towards the end of training camp against teams close to the MLB or the first opponent of the regular season, clubs are allowed to play up to three exhibition games. Shapiro, however, said Neil Joyce would use that option in advance, instead relying on Intro Squad games played in Toronto’s player pool. There is no limit to the number that a team can play during training camp.
Shaprio added that the MLB is scheduling the 2020 season and Blue Joyce will abide by it wherever the club’s home is. Early options for the Toronto Home Games include the Rogers Center in Toronto and TD Ballpark in Dunedin, two facilities owned by the club, eliminating the possibility of any schedule conflict. So far, however, Toronto’s home schedule is TBD
Opt out of a blue J player or stuff?
So far, five MLB players have opted out of the 2020 season: Mike Leakey, Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross, Tyson Ross and Ian Desmond. Last week, Shapiro indicated that he did not expect any Blue Zed to exercise their right to do so, and on Thursday he said expectations remained the same.
Of course, things can change as the epidemic develops with the advent of training camps. The work that some members of the Cleveland organization have decided to do also has the potential to select employees. Shapiro, however, said he does not currently expect any alternatives among Neil Jess staff.
Neil Joyce will have a ball on the field at Rogers Center
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How to conduct a positive COVID-19 test?
The MLB’s 2020 Operations Manual has introduced a new term in the large baseball base: COVID-19 related to the injured list.
A positive test for COVID-19 will definitely need to be ranked on that list – but it doesn’t have to be. Players may be placed in COVID-19 related ILs due to displaying or confirming symptoms related to the virus.
There is no minimum or maximum length on the list. However, to avoid this, individuals should be tested for at least 24 hours in two separate negative tests, fever 2 hours without symptoms of fever and shortness of breath, antibody tests, cardiac evaluation, and a committee of physicians should consider the risk of infection and presentation to others. Does not.
With nearly 2,000 players being tested this week in the process of receiving training camps across the league, it would be fair to expect the organization to place a large number of individuals on the list. Last week, when the NBA tested its 344 players, 25 returned positive – that’s 7.3 percent of the infection rate. It is not unreasonable to expect the same number across the MLB.
How things are complicated is how they are reported in this case. As New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman noted earlier this week, the transitions are not “employment-related” as described in the MPB’s Basic Agreement because teams are not allowed to disclose which players are in the Kovid-19-related IL. It will be up to individual players to test positively for approval of whether the information has been made public.
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But the flaw in this design – which, of course, is that someone, somewhere known as the MLB, has adapted its 2020 operations manual – is that clubs are still announcing to free up roster players all players who have been placed on the injured list. On Thursday, the Blue Jays official transaction page showed four players on the 10-day injured list (reacting June 30): Jonathan Davis, Brandon Drury, Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez.
In turn, Toronto added four players to its player pool: Brian Baker, Patrick Kiwelhan, Josh Palacios and Bravic Valera were asked to leave the San Diego Padres. The Toronto Player Pool, which was cut at at0, stood at at আগে before this transaction. Thus, at least two spots were opened. And the only way to make room in the pool is to remove a player, excluding COVID-19 from the injured list – according to the 2020 Operations Manual:
For 40-roster players: trade, waiver claim, rule 5 election return, disclosure, direct responsibility, appointment title, placement on injured list for 60 days, or suspended, military, voluntarily retired, placement in one of the prohibited, ineligible or ineligible list .
For 40-year-old roster players: voluntarily retired, restricted, disqualified or disqualified from trade, release, or military.
Given that none of the Blue Jays players on the injured list on Thursday were the subject of any of the above transactions, it should be assumed that at least two of them were placed in the COVID-19 related IL, though not four. (It does not require a positive test to determine placement in COLID-related IL
One such scene was encountered in Philadelphia on Thursday, where four players surfaced on the official transaction page of Phyllis, as the injured were kept for 10 days without explanation. It was later learned that all the four were kept in COLID-related IL.
Some assume that this situation will continue throughout the season, as some players have been placed on the injured list or are unavailable for competition for explanatory reasons such as broken bones or muscle strains and some not. And it raises the question of whether MLB’s efforts to protect players ’privacy are actually doing the complete opposite.
Asked on Thursday about the inevitable speculation of an unspoken absence, Shapiro pointed to the challenges of running a professional baseball league during a global epidemic. The club will do its best to protect the privacy of its players. But it also has to be played by the MLB’s roster rules.
“It’s a challenging environment. Not just for the media, not just for our fans, not just for our players, but for us, ”said Shapiro. “Privacy and respect for the privacy of our players and understanding of existing rules and regulations is going to lead to any of my comments about it. I think over time the players are going to be able to comment on their own.
“By then, it’s going to be something that we’re going to be another piece of the world so we’re full of uncertainty – and I can’t help you more than that.” “Obviously, I’ve been dealing with a sea of uncertainty for the last two and a half months, and it’s just a piece of what we’re all dealing with.”