Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 7, 2020 -- "The Speed of Change"

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"At the time baseball was negotiating its return, we seemed to have the virus under control. Now that baseball is beginning to return, it’s clear we do not. At the time baseball was negotiating its return, its hogging of tests -- through its own lab, to be sure -- didn’t seem like a moral dilemma. Now that tests, test supplies, and lab capacities are being strained, it’s harder to defend MLB’s 7,000 or so tests a week, ad infinitum. At the time baseball was negotiating its return, we seemed like a nation in recovery, on the upswing. Now that 50,000 people a day are testing positive, we seem like one where the virus is still in control.

"The world in which baseball wrote its plan is far different than the world in which baseball is trying to execute its plan, so much so that it may render the plan moot."