When can Major League Baseball fans expect to watch a game in person again?
Surprisingly, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that it may be possible that some fans could watch games from the stands this season, the New York Post reported. However, Fauci made clear to YES Network that it’s only guesswork, and that spectator-free baseball is more likely in his view.
“To me, it’s better than no baseball at all,” Fauci said.
Fauci: ‘possible’ to have MLB games with fans in stands
The Brooklyn native, who is a Yankees fan, was asked to weigh in on the MLB’s ongoing efforts to bring back the sport by Jack Curry. The doctor was characteristically cautious in his answers, but he floated a couple of possibilities.
In one scenario, baseball with spectators could return — as long as spectators are all wearing masks and separated from each other. Fauci said that the scenario is unlikely and will depend on how the pandemic plays out.
“Because if we get the virus under really good control and certain regions of the country can get gradually from the gateway to the phase one to the phase two to the phase three, it is conceivable that you may be able to have some baseball with people practicing physical separation. Namely, you don’t pack a stadium,” he said.
The other scenario is a more extreme one being looked at by the MLB: spectator-less baseball. Fauci said that, personally, he finds that set-up more probable.
“The revenues are not going to be the same as when you have a packed stadium like [Nationals] Stadium in Washington where I go to, but I think having them play on television is certainly better than nothing,” he said. Watch:
Dr. Anthony Fauci breaks down the various possibilities for baseball’s return.
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“It’s not going to be a few months”
In this situation, the MLB would keep players under a strict quarantine, with frequent testing, and they would play games in just a handful of cities. In some of the schemes being looked at by the MLB, games would be played at MLB, minor league, and spring training stadiums.
While it may sound strange, nothing seems settled to Fauci — other than that “normal” won’t be coming back anytime soon. “It’s not going to be just a few months,” he said of the virus. “It likely will cycle around even into next fall and winter. Hopefully, it’ll go way down.”
Well, that settles that, then?