Baseball is back! The season will be 60 games and will start around July 24.
All Major League Baseball training camps will temporarily close, a source confirmed to ESPN, after multiple teams reported positive coronavirus tests Friday.
The spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona will undergo a deep cleaning, and players will need to test negative before they can return, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by USA Today Sports.
Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order Wednesday afternoon that allows Pittsburgh’s pro sports franchises to return to using their team facilities, albeit without spectactors.
The order, which provides guidelines for pro teams in counties in the yellow or green phase of the governor’s plan for reopening, paves the way for teams like the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers to resume practice and play in anticipation of the sports world starting back up after being shut down since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes with conditions: Each team, or the league it plays in, must develop a covid-19 “safety plan” that is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Wolf’s order stated that it requires “testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel” and “no fans or spectactors may be perimtted on interior or exterior venue property.”
Don Shula was arguably the greatest coach in the 100-year history of the National Football League as measured by his record 347 victories. He won two Super Bowls with the Dolphins, including a perfect season.
Two words, simply scrawled on a blackboard in the corner of a locker room. Amid all the celebrating and champagne and cameras, the message easily could have gone unnoticed, or faded from memory, if not so perfect.
An equipment man had written that in honor of the 1973 Miami Dolphins, who had just won their second consecutive Super Bowl. And although a wide smile managed to pierce the stern jaw of Don Shula when he saw it while walking out to pick up the trophy, years would pass before anyone, Shula included, could fully appreciate them.
BEST EVER. That’s Donald Francis Shula, who died Monday at age 90.
Shula was the greatest coach in the 100-year history of the National Football League as measured by his record 347 victories, that beacon of a bottom line he so treasured.
How strange that this morning, his legacy shines even brighter through the prism of the greatest loss that could ever be associated with him — the loss of the man himself.
Gone is an icon, a man who could stand alongside Henry Flagler for the sculpting of a Mount Rushmore for Florida. It’s not simply because he won some football games, or even all of them in that glorious 17-0 season of 1972.
It’s the manner in which he did so: stressing a work ethic, respect and integrity in a way that grabbed Larry Csonka and Dan Marino by the collar just as surely as it did the brick layer in Hialeah and the landscaper in Lantana.