The coronavirus has put the world in a frenzy since the start of the new decade. All major professional and collegiate sports have come to an abrupt halt for the foreseeable future due to growing concerns over the coronavirus. For some members of the New York Yankees, it’s a good time for a break.
The New York Yankees were one of many sports teams around the globe that were affected by COVID-19, or commonly known as the “coronavirus.” This virus has turned the entire world upside down over the past couple of months.
This past week has explicitly been a rough time for our country as a whole. One of the significant results of the coronavirus outbreak has been the entire sports world shutting down (except for the WWE and UFC). Major League Baseball decided to suspend all Spring Training games and delay the start of the 2020 season by at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic last Thursday.
On Monday, Major League Baseball gave another update. This time they announced that they will adhere to the CDC’s recommendation of restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
This means the 2020 MLB season won’t start until at least mid-May.
The New York Yankees went into this season with high expectations. They are the favorites to not only win the division but to win the World Series. The new year didn’t exactly start off how the Bronx Bombers had planned. James Paxton had back surgery, Luis Severino had Tommy John surgery, Giancarlo Stanton suffered a calf strain and it turns out that Aaron Judge sustained a stress fracture in his rib.
The Yanks had lots of questions heading into what would have been the start of the season on March 26. Who will step up in the rotation with Paxton out until mid-May and Severino out for the season? When will Stanton be ready? Will Judge recover from the injury or will he need surgery? Will Gary Sanchez go on the IL with his back issue?
With the season now delayed until mid-May, at the earliest, this gives the injured New York Yankees players plenty of time to recover. Let’s take a look at how this potential extended delay can benefit the Bronx Bombers.