Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain is ready with MLB in 2020 after the news was released on Saturday morning further positive COVID-19 test results at the Cardinals organization hours before his team would go to St. Louis.
Cain announced that he would drop out of the season and become the best player yet to make that decision. His health, he reasonably believed, was more important than a circus campaign that could be canceled in the coming week.
He’s far from being the first player to walk away from baseball this year – Marlin’s second baseman Isan Diaz did the same Saturday – but his status as two-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner and major part of a playoff contender makes his choice for mid-season another possible turning point in the downward spiral of the season.
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Multi-year MVP candidate Mike Trout, of course, almost decided not to play this season prior to the birth of his child. Eligible for the Angels on Opening Day, he helped legitimize MLB’s 60-game plan. While other trendsetters like Cain go the other way, stars can join in on the evacuation of the campaign.
A Friday report from MLB reported that there had been 29 positive COVID-19 tests last week, the majority of which came within the Marlins ranks.
Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly told the MLB Players Association that he plans to cancel the season if things continue to go wrong. The best players in the league can help him make that choice.