The latest COVID-19 news has wiped out the last vestiges of hope for a 2020 summer season. Reports of horrifying hospital conditions, sharp increases in infections, shocking death rates and dire forecasts have brought a stark new reality to the world of sports, including baseball. Even a reluctant President was forced to accept the reality of a protracted timeline for social distancing, which has virtually shut down the nation’s economy.
Simply put, there is no time left to save a 2020 summer season. There is no miracle drug that can be tested and deployed quickly enough to arrest the rapid growth of COVID-19 before June, the traditional start of summer ball.