August 4, 2020

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Proposed MLB guidelines from 2020


This article is by Rob Bradford. His full article appears at


- Regular testing for players, umpires, coaches, managers and essential staff.


- The majority of tests will be saliva-based.


- Players will be tested upon arrival at spring training and then quarantined for 24-48 hours until the results are determined.


- Each club must maintain a designated testing area at each facility.


- Each individual will conduct daily self-checks at home, which will include thermometer readings.


- Before entering each facility each participant will undergo a temperature check while filling out an exposure questionnaire. 


- Clubs will be allowed 50 players for spring training.


- Workouts will be staggered throughout the day to limit overcrowding.


- Communal water and sports drink coolers/jugs are prohibited. Only personal water or individually prepared sports drink bottles or contactless water dispensers with disposable cups or should be used.


- No spitting, using smokeless tobacco or sunflower seeds in restricted areas. Spitting is prohibited.


- Players/on-field personnel are encouraged to sanitize their hands after each half-inning.


- Lockers should be six feet apart.


- Showering at the facilities is discouraged.


- Hitters are encouraged to use batting gloves and batting practice pitchers should wear masks.


- Pitchers will use a personal set of baseballs when throwing bullpen sessions.


- Meals must be distributed in packaged/takeout form.


- There will be no exchange of lineup cards, with the lineups instead being logged into an app.


- Non-playing personnel must wear masks at all times.


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