Nats Closer Sean Doolittle Expresses Numerous Valid Concerns About Returning To Play In Lengthy Twitter Thread

Sean Doolittle Brings Up Valid Concerns About MLB Returning To Play

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Outside of Trevor Bauer, Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle is probably the most outspoken, and well spoken, player in Major League Baseball.

So when MLB announced on Monday that the league’s owners had approved a plan to start the 2020 season on Fourth of July weekend with no fans in attendance, Doolittle took to Twitter to express several concerns he and many other players have about the owners’ plan for returning to play.

“Bear with me, but it feels like we’ve zoomed past the most important aspect of any MLB restart plan: health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume a season,” Doolittle began the thread. “Here are some things I’ll be looking for in the proposal…”

He then brings up a VERY salient point about testing.

“So how many tests do we need to safely play during a pandemic?” he asked. “And not just tests for players. Baseball requires a massive workforce besides the players; coaches, clubhouse staff, security, grounds crews, umpires, gameday stadium staff, TV & media…we need to protect everyone.

“And that’s before we get to hotel workers and transportation workers (pilots, flight attendants, bus drivers). They are essential workers. We wouldn’t be able to play a season without them, and they deserve the same protections.”

Doolittle also questioned how players and staff with compromised immune systems will be treated during a return to play.

“There are a number of players & staff who have pre-existing conditions that they are aware of (and likely more who aren’t yet),” he said. “We need a plan that seriously considers the increased health concerns of any players, staff or workers who are at higher risk.

“And if even mild cases can cause long-term health effects, will there be added healthcare benefits for players, staff and workers that will extend beyond their employment and into retirement to mitigate the unknown risks of putting on a baseball season during a pandemic?”

Doolittle finished up by saying, “Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. I’m going to turn my phone off now. Best of luck to my mentions. Stay safe. Keep washing your hands and wearing your masks. I hope we get to play baseball for you again soon.”

Of course, certain fans weren’t done with him, so he had to bring up and explain a few more valid concerns…

The MLB players’ union still has to approve the owners’ proposal, but unless the many questions Doolittle raises get answered to the union’s satisfaction, Major League Baseball could end up right back at square one with regard to when the season will actually start, as well as how it will be conducted with the season being a significantly shortened one.

Stay tuned.