Pirates Not Sure What Will Happen With Spring Training due to COVID-19

‘We want to preserve the health for everybody’

Jeff Hathhorn
March 12, 2020 - 10:45 am
Chris Archer w Fan mic

93.7 the Fan

BRADENTON, FL (93.7 the Fan) – Pirates starter Chris Archer says they are as much in the dark as everyone else as to the future of game or even continuing with Spring Training due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“Trying to do our best to stay focused on baseball, but it’s almost impossible,” Archer said Thursday morning.  “There is constant dialogue because of the uncertainty.  We are just waiting to hear back from MLB.  We haven’t heard a whole lot yet.”

As of now, baseball Spring Training games are still on with fans as they try to figure out what is next.

“Whatever they deem as safest for everybody, not just the baseball players but everyone else involved,” Archer said.  “There are a lot of other people involved in this sport and the entertainment then just the players.  We are a small piece of it.  Whatever we can do to preserve the health and safety of everybody.”

Archer said baseball could just be impacted for a couple of weeks and then the corona virus is more under control, it could be longer.  No one really knows. 

The veteran pitcher said they are being smart in the clubhouse and with other people, but knows the possibility exists of catching the virus.

“Trying not to have too much contact, but we know once we come out here,” Archer said.  “I’m licking my fingers to throw the baseball and it goes in Josh Bell’s glove.  This thing is airborne.  So there is only so much you can do.”

“We all have parents, we all have elders that we come in contact with every day and the last thing we want to do is be a carrier and cause something fatal.”

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