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Access to spring-training parks creates tension between MLB, players – The Athletic

As baseball officials try to figure out the best approach to dealing with the fallout from COVID-19, the league and the union are at odds over player access to spring training facilities.

For now, Major League Baseball and the Players Association agree that spring training facilities are to remain open to major-league players in a limited capacity, with organized group workouts prohibited. MLB issued a memo clarifying the league’s new protocols on Sunday, following two days of in-person meetings between league and union officials.

“The strong recommendation from our infectious disease and public health experts is that Clubs should avoid all activities in which players congregate in significant numbers or are otherwise unable to practice the ‘social distancing’ protocols recommended by the CDC,” deputy commissioner Dan Halem wrote in his memo.

Later Sunday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the cancellations of in-person…

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