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Bryce Harper: MLB in ‘uncharted territory’ amid coronavirus outbreak

Bryce Harper is taking a pragmatic approach in assessing the safeguards Major League Baseball has instituted amid the coronavirus outbreak. On the other hand, the Philadelphia Phillies slugger is defiant in his refusal to allow the situation to adversely affect his life.

On Monday, MLB joined the NBA, NHL and MLS in issuing a joint statement to announce that media and non-essential personnel will be denied access to locker rooms, clubhouses and the like for the foreseeable future to limit exposure and potential transmission of the coronavirus.

Asked about the precautions MLB has taken to address the coronavirus outbreak at the team-by-team level, Harper believes the league has no choice but to do its best amid such uncertain and unprecedented circumstances.

“We’re all in uncharted territory. We’ve never seen this,” Harper told reporters Tuesday, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic. “We’ve never done this. Everyone is just trying to do what’s right.”

However, Harper — who isn’t the only MLB star who has weighed in Tuesday on league developments related to the ongoing coronavirus situation — is not about to allow fear overwhelm him and take over his personal life.

“I live, man,” Harper said Tuesday, standing in a tunnel behind the Phillies’ clubhouse and keeping the league-mandated six-foot distance from a semicircle of reporters, per Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t worry about a disease or a virus. I live my life. I’m doing everything the same. I’m shaking people’s hands. I’m high-fiving. I’m healthy. I’m 27. The people that are affected, it’s a lot of older and maybe some young, as well. But I just live my life.”

At this point, the coronavirus outbreak almost undoubtedly will have at least some impact, however insignificant or substantial, upon the lives of people across the globe. The response to the situation at hand is of course entirely dependent upon how one views the risks inherent to this kind of developing public health emergency.

From the sound of it, Harper isn’t sweating it too much. At least at this point.