Will Middlebrooks is worried about his friends in baseball.
The former Red Sox infielder explained why he thinks the potential spread of coronavirus could be so dangerous within MLB, which shut down spring training games and delayed the start of the season on Thursday afternoon.
“Hopefully no one in a baseball clubhouse has been infected… that would spread like wildfire,” Middlebrooks wrote on Twitter. “So much shared… think about how many guys lick fingers for grip on the baseball… strike 3 and fire it around the infield. This could be bad.”
Middlebrooks, who retired in January, is echoing the concerns going through the sports world after Jazz center Rudy Gobert and teammate Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the deadly virus. Gobert’s positive test Wednesday night led to the suspension of the NBA season, and MLB, NHL, college sports and MLS took similar paths on Thursday.
Players are currently staying with their teams at spring training sites in Florida and Arizona as MLB decides the next steps to take.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer offered an ominous warning ahead of MLB’s suspension.
“I think we’d be kind of naive to…