Phillie Phanatic Won’t Be Allowed On Field As Baseball Comes Back
Right now, we’d be in the midst of the baseball season, watching our favorite players and mascot on the field, eating delicious ballpark food, and enjoying time with fans. But this pandemic has ended that for fans.
As MLB tries to bring back baseball for this season, they are taking a lot of precautions so the transition can go as smoothly as possible.
According to a 67-page draft of MLB’s proposed 2020 Operations Manual, these are the propositions, sent to the teams. They were made by MLB senior vice presidents, Patrick Houlihan, Bryan Seeley and Chris Young, and Vice President Jon Coyles.
The guidelines are subject to negotiation with the players association. Teams were asked to respond with their input by May 22nd.
This season may look a bit like high school baseball instead of professional baseball. The players may be asked to come in uniforms in order for the locker room and showers, not to be used.
Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on the road and visiting teams will be banned from eating at the home team’s stadium. Meetings should be held outside.
The Phillie Phanatic, along with the other baseball mascots, will be banned from the field as well. Although, wouldn’t that costume be the best protection?
The bat/ball boys and girls will not be part of this season and the traditional exchange of high fives, fist bumps, etc. will not be allowed. Spitting is strictly prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools, and cryotherapy chambers. Inside hitting is discouraged.
Players may not lick their fingers or touch their faces to give signals. Batting gloves are encouraged. Dugout telephones have to be wiped down after each use. Players must keep their distance during the “Star-Spangled Banner” and in the dugout. Fielders are encouraged to stay several feet away from the baserunner between pitches.
Players, managers, and coaches must wear masks while in the dugout and while on buses and flights. The stands will be void of fans, at least in the beginning. Balls will be thrown away after it is touched by multiple players.
Many other guidelines were released. The senior presidents stated that this is only a first draft and rules may change.
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