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What Are Odds Mets Play This Season?

What are the odds we actually see the Mets, or any team, for that matter, take the field this season? With each positive MLB coronavirus test, those odds keep going down.

Reports say some 40 players and staff have tested positive. And if recent history has proven anything, those numbers can only go up (obviously, the MLB world is not the same as the rest of the outside world, but once the virus gets in, it is difficult, if not downright impossible, to contain). The MLBPA has delayed its vote on whether or not to accept the owners’ proposal to play a truncated season, in part over the uncertainty over the test results.

If they do decide to start the season, it is inevitable that someone will test positive, which could shut the entire sport down once again. So here’s the question — is it better to start a season that almost certainly will be interrupted, or to just scrap the season and start anew in 2021 (of course, there’s no guarantee the virus will be under control then, either).

If you’re a gambling man (then you might want to pay a visit to, you say, “lets give it a shot. What’s the worst that can happen?” The cautious man would respond, “well, death.” And it would not be an overstatement.

As much as I want to see baseball again this season, perhaps it just is not a good idea. While coronavirus cases are thankfully declining here in New York, they are not going down nationally, and are even increasing in parts of the country. For whatever reason, the U.S. cannot seem to get a handle on this thing, unlike other countries. So maybe it’s best just to wait until the threat is actually diminished.

In the end, this will be all about money, not health. So there will indeed be a season. The only question is how long it will last until something terrible happens.

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