Yankees president hails players as ‘patriots’ amid talks of MLB’s return
Major League Baseball is expected within the next week to present to the Players Association a return-to-play proposal through which the 2020 season could be held in some capacity.
While there are no shortage of potential pitfalls and myriad details to be worked out, New York Yankees president Randy Levine believes players’ love of country will make them amenable to doing whatever it takes for baseball to be played sooner rather than later.
“I think our players are patriots,” Levine said Thursday on “Good Day New York,” as transcribed by the New York Post. “They want to do it. We all are trying to get there. The commissioner’s doing a great job. So hopefully in a little bit, we’ll hear, ‘Play ball!'”
It’s believed that MLB’s current plan is for teams to play games at their home ballparks at some point. That said, games would be played with no fans in attendance for the foreseeable future.
Levine, however, believes there are ways for the league to establish protocols that conceivably could hasten fans’ eventual return to the ballpark.
“I believe that we’re putting together all the protocols, but I think you ease in with fans,” Levine said. “You start with less fans. You have temperature taking,. You have health stations. You do a lot of testing. If people have a temperature or they aren’t feeling well, you take them to a health station. You wear masks and gloves. You only serve food that won’t impede that.
“And i think it’ll be nice. I think it would be pretty cool to have some Yankee masks and gloves out there.”
Levine’s optimism aside, New York mayor Bill de Blasio stated last month it’s “going to be awhile” before fans are allowed into Yankee Stadium, as the city has been one of the hardest-hit areas during the COVID-19 outbreak.
There obviously has been an abundance of speculation over how baseball could potentially return in short order. Even the chance, however slim, that Major League Baseball could help fill the void in this live sports-starved climate certainly should provide fans some glimmer of hope.