Nationals player Sean Doolittle criticized the pandemic treatment in the United States and is hesitant to play this season.
The left-handed reliever of Washington Nationals, Sean Doolittle, contacted the MLB to talk about the precautions to take against the coronavirus, prior to the start of the 2020 season. Still, he could not hide his anger at the way the country treated the return of sports.
COVID-19 hit the United States hard, with nearly 3 million confirmed cases and more than 132,000 deaths.
“We are trying to get baseball back during a pandemic that killed 130,000 people (in the US). We are much worse as a country than we were in March when we closed (confinement). Look at where other developed countries are in their treatment of the disease We have done nothing of what other countries did to recover sports, “the 33-year-old was outraged.
In the same vein, the 2019 World Series champion continued to target social conscience. “Sport is the reward of a functional society. And we are trying to get it back, even though we haven’t taken any of the steps to flatten the curve. We flattened it out a bit, but we didn’t use that time to do anything productive. Otherwise There are sports, it will be because people do not wear masks, because the response to this has been very politicized. We need help from the general public, “he pleaded.
At the same time, the former Oakland Athletics and two-time All Star called for those who love the sport. “If you want to watch baseball, please wear a face mask, social distance, keep washing your hands. We can’t just have viral fatigue and keep thinking, ‘Well, it’s been four months, we’ve gotten through it, this has been long enough, has it? Right? We’ve waited long enough, shouldn’t sports come back now? No, there are things we have to do to get back (the sport). And now you want to bring the fans back? Is it safe? I don’t know. No I’m an expert in public health, but we should probably postpone it in relation to these issues, “he said.
In this context, Doolittle said he is still debating playing this season amid health and safety concerns. Another point of frustration for the reliever is that he still has not received his test results on Friday, despite MLB claiming the tests would have a 24-hour diagnostic time.
The veteran, with eight years in the major leagues, played 390 games for the Nationals and Athletics, striking out 457 batters in 388 innings. And he was instrumental in last season’s World Series title, through a 1.74 ERA in nine playoff appearances.