MLB’s medical/safety protocols to return to play will include trying to discourage players from spitting, high-fiving and taking ride services such as Uber to the ballpark.
MLB has discussed a variety of these issues with the Players Association, but as of Wednesday night had not officially presented the full medical/safety document to the union.
Even before MLB shut down in mid-March, officials from the Commissioner’s Office were informing players how to mitigate the risk of contracting coronavirus by, for example, not using fans’ writing implements to sign autographs.
USA Today first reported many of these elements.
MLB hopes there will be an educational process to get players comfortable and behind a variety of new standards designed to reduce the chance of both contracting the virus and/or spreading it. The recognition is that some of these are habitual acts that might be hard to break, such as spitting. But spitting, for example, already has been banned in both baseball leagues that have restarted, in Korea and Taiwan.
The Korea Baseball Organization, considered the third best league in the world behind MLB and Japan’s Nippon…