What does LA Angels superstar Mike Trout think of Major League Baseball’s plan of sequestering players in Arizona to start the 2020 season?
Los Angeles Angels MVP Mike Trout is not a fan of Major League Baseball’s proposal to isolate players and team personnel in Arizona to start the 2020 season. Trout and his wife are expecting their first child in August, and he worries he would have to miss the childbirth if he is forced to remain separated from his family.
“What am I going to do when [my wife] goes into labor? Am I going to have to quarantine for two weeks after I come back? Obviously, I can’t miss that birth of our first child,” Trout told NBC Sports on Wednesday.
“There’s a lot of red flags,” he said. “We want to get back as soon as we can, but obviously it’s got to be realistic. It can’t be sitting in our hotel rooms, just going from the field to the hotel room and not being able to do anything. I think that’s pretty crazy.”
The plan, which has been met with skepticism by other star players, such as Clayton Kershaw, would require players to restrict their movements between team hotels and nearby Spring Training facilities, where the league hopes to play games without fans in attendance.
Trout and his wife, Jessica, announced they are expecting their first child earlier this spring. The three-time MVP has been keeping in shape during the shutdown by working out of his home with Michael Kohn and Albert Pujols.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, indicated in a Snapchat interview that he thinks it is possible for baseball to return when social distancing restrictions are eased. However, it would require players to essentially remain under tight surveillance and lockdown to combat the possible continued spread of the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti might prevent large gatherings, including sporting events, from being approved in the city until 2021. In an internal email reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Fire Department reveals Garcetti’s concerns with allowing large gatherings in the city within the next several months as the pandemic is still spreading and no vaccine exists.
As MLB tries to identify a tenable solution for owners and players, they are forced to juggle the urgency of generating revenue with the concerns of public safety, along with considering the players preference to remain close to their families.