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The Dodgers' President Predicts A 'Decent Number' Of Coronavirus Cases

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As the Dodgers prepare to start training on July 3 for the coronavirus-shortened season, the team's president of baseball operations said he fully expects COVID-19 to intrude. Andrew Friedman said today:

“I think there’s no question we’re going to have a decent number of positive tests, in Spring training and the season."

The 60-game season — just over a third of the games played in a normal year — is scheduled to start in about a month, with teams playing in empty stadiums.

Before the Dodgers begin training, each player must take a coronavirus test. But no high-fives for a negative test — for now, Major League Baseball has banned the celebratory hand slap.

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And more rules will be in place:

  • Players will likely be required to wear masks in the dugout.
  • The league has also outlawed spitting and chewing tobacco.

Manager Dave Roberts says COVID-19 will also change the hands-on way coaches typically interact with players when they train.
“You’re just not going to have the liberties that we’ve had in the past to work with players ... putting your hands on players all the time," he said.

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