Theo Epstein Speaks: Deep-Cleaning, Waiting for Directives, No Cubs Have Qualified to Test for COVID-19

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Theo Epstein Speaks: Deep-Cleaning, Waiting for Directives, No Cubs Have Qualified to Test for COVID-19

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With MLB officially suspending Spring Training and postponing the start of the regular season for at least two weeks (plus Chicago teams agreeing not to host games with fans until at least May), there are enough open questions that it makes your head spin a bit when you start to go down the wormhole. We’ll try to take on the issues as best we can, and as the news about COVID-19 (and the attendant prevention measures) evolves.

As a preliminary matter, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein just spoke with the media about the situation, and how it relates to the Cubs.

Right now, there are still a lot of unknowns – including what’s going to happen for the players, in terms of scheduling, in the near-term:

Epstein also spoke generally about situations like this, and about the challenge the United States is facing right (in part because of its own failure to properly prepare enough testing capabilities):

The league and the Players Association are going to have conversations tonight on how to proceed going forward, so we’ll likely get another update about whether players will remain at camp, or whether they will head home.

And depending on that decision, more questions will follow. This is all just so nuts.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.