The 2020 Major League Baseball season should have been into its second week by now, but it remains indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It is especially unfortunate for the Los Angeles Dodgers considering they were in the midst of an exciting Spring Training when everything got shut down and are considered the favorites to represent the National League in the World Series in 2020.
Baseball and sports aren’t what is important right now though, as thousands of people in the country continue to test positive for coronavirus, with many being forced to be hospitalized and some even dying due to the disease.
The Dodgers organization has been a leader in the community, helping others in need during this time with a coronavirus relief effort.
That also includes some of their players like Justin Turner, who has also continuously done outstanding work off the field. While they are doing what they can to make the best of this difficult situation, just like the fans miss watching Dodger baseball, the players miss being on the field.
Turner spoke about how hard this time has been for him and why it has made him appreciate normal life even more, via LZ Granderson of the L.A. Times:
“I didn’t need any help loving baseball before, but during this time it really makes you appreciate the little things,” he continued. “Like driving to the field or being in the weight room with guys talking crap. The things you may normally complain about when things were normal, you are now like, ‘Man, I wish I was in position I could complain about those things right now.’ Whatever the season looks like … it might be wacky, but I don’t care. … I just want to find a way to get on the field.”
MLB has already begun looking for solutions to get the 2020 season underway, although it does not appear that will be the case until June at the earliest.
While the worst-case scenario is a cancellation of the 2020 season, which would result in some of the Dodgers’ key players like Turner and Mookie Betts reaching free agency, it seems that all parties involved are optimistic that it won’t come to that.
In the meantime though, everyone can continue doing their part by staying home and social distancing so that baseball, other sports and normal life can return as soon as possible.
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