We don't know when the 2020 MLB season will begin, only that the schedule could be tightened and shortened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baseball obviously takes a backseat to the coronavirus and flattening the curve. Whenever MLB deems it safe to return to action, the safety of fans, players and team staff members will be the upmost priority.
From purely a baseball standpoint, players will need time to ramp their training back up after a long hiatus. But even with a second quasi-spring training, players may have a hard time playing catch up, according to Cubs second baseman Jason Kipnis.
In a Tuesday Instagram post, Kipnis aired some of his grievances over the challenges players will have getting back into game shape post-hiatus.
Baseball post: First, quarantining in a cold weather city like Chicago right now ain't exactly ideal. Every time I see anyone outside I automatically think I'm falling behind (even tho no one is doing much baseball activity right now).
I'm fortunate to have my own batting cages, if for no other reason then it gets me out of the house and keeps my body from becoming stiff as a board. My worries are that players who don't have warm weather or access to a place to workout, are stuck without any way to 'keep up'.
Let's say things go well and we can restart spring training. These players are expected to go from the couch to a 3 week spring and strap it on? That just screams injuries and sh**** baseball to me to be honest. Not to mention if we start back up, and someone (asymptomatic or not) tests positive. Shut it down again?
I don't know how we're suppose to have that many tests provided! I really do hope things get better for everyone and there's baseball this year but these are just some of the worries creeping into my head that make me think otherwise.
Kipnis ended the post by making it clear he understands there are bigger issues to worry about right now.
Those are some sound points from the Northbrook native. The issues Kipnis highlighted will be at the forefront as MLB figures out the best way for the 2020 schedule to play out, whenever that may be.
Jason Kipnis airs concerns over challenges players will face when MLB returns originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago