I was missing over the weekend, my oldest boy was called to the bar, he is now a lawyer, so we were in Edmonton for that. The ceremony was very nice. It is always good to hear people say nice things about my boy. And of course there was parties and drinking and all.
Apparently the Blue Jays have made it to Toronto. Well, some of the Jays.
The @BlueJays have arrived in #Toronto for spring training! Their @AirCanada charter flight landed a short time ago from Florida, and the team has been taken by bus to a downtown hotel for a 14 day quarantine period. #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/IEYUjJqK1i— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyCohnTV) July 6, 2020
A downtown hotel?? They are staying at the hotel at the dome right?
Around the league there was a bunch of troubles with testing.
That's two. And the Oakland A's could still cancel theirs depending on whether the results from their Friday tests are processed and returned today. https://t.co/csqCDCNjOI— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2020
With the season only a bit more than 2 weeks away, having to sit for a few days isn’t a good thing.
They are to announce the schedule at 6:00 Eastern.
The A's COVID-19 tests are still in SF, waiting to be sent to a lab in Utah. They're due to arrive at 1:30 am MT Mon. The Athletic obtained a message sent from GM David Forst to players/staff tonight.— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) July 6, 2020
"If possible, I'm as frustrated & pissed as you are": https://t.co/39eyyRpYCf
You would think this stuff would have been figured out before they started.
The Nationals GM has it right.
Rizzo: “Without accurate and timely testing it is simply not safe for us to continue with Summer Camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, Summer Camp and the 2020 Season are at risk. “— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) July 6, 2020
Britt has a story at the Athletic:
There was initial skepticism that one lab in Salt Lake City, Utah would be able to handle the volume of the league’s tests with a turnaround of 24-48 hours. Those concerns seem more valid after the first weekend. On Sunday, Oakland was forced to cancel its position players’ workout because it didn’t have all its intake test results. The A’s pitchers and catchers still took the field, but with an already shortened three-week summer camp, that hardly seems fair.
If I was a player I’d be thinking about opting out.
Beyond that the Angels and two other teams, say their testers didn’t show up on Sunday (I wonder if baseball took into account that this was a holiday weekend).
I don’t know, it is sounding more and more like they should just give up and hope that things are better by next spring. I guess there was going to be troubles at the start.
They’ve gone this far, they should give it a week and see if they can get the bugs out of the system, great. If at the end of the week, it is still a mess, cancel. No harm, no foul. Of course, I don’t think baseball likes to admit to a mistake.
After a positive coronavirus test among Toronto Blue Jays players, a number remained behind in Florida while the rest of the team traveled to Toronto for training camp, sources tell ESPN. The players will remain in Florida for a few days before they are cleared to go to Canada.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 6, 2020
I keep thinking that the teams that do best will be the ones with the fewest cases.
And the Jays are waiting for testing results too:
You think they will get a full workout in before the scheduled start of the season?