Major League Baseball drops regularly COVID-19 test for all except symptomatic individuals, while maintaining the ability to move games if the public health situation in an area worsens.
MLB and the players’ association ended their 2022 coronavirus protocols on Tuesday, easing pandemic restrictions five days after enter into a collective agreement. Some problems on the track have not yet been addressed, such as whether to continue the pandemic that requires “ghost runners” at second base in extra innings.
“MLB reserves the right during the championship season to move clubs to neutral venues, spring training grounds or other clubs’ home football pitches and / or to reschedule matches included in the 2022 championship season program, if necessary, for health / safety reasons, to comply with state restrictions or to complete the schedule, “the 18-page protocol states.
“With the consent of MLBPA (which shall not be unreasonably withheld), MLB also has the right to conduct part or all of the 2022 offseason in neutral venues (including other clubs’ home courts) or to delay the start of the offseason to reschedule championship matches. after the end of the championship season. “
The Protocols state that “MLB intends to postpone matches only if necessary to protect the health and safety of the club’s staff, players and referees. Matches will not be postponed for competitive reasons provided the club has a sufficient number of players to available to replace those players on the active list who are unavailable to play as a result of COVID-19. “
The parties agreed that “with regard to outdoor matches postponed due to COVID-19 during the first 30 days of the championship season, MLB and the clubs will, where practicable, avoid reorganizing such matches as a split. double head before 30 April. “
The requirement for tracking bracelets used last year has been omitted.
Players will still be tested at admission in 2022, but will then only be tested when they exhibit or report symptoms.
Anyone placed on the COVID-19 injury list does not count in a team’s active list. If a player tests positive while designated for award, the designation must be revoked and he will go on COVID-19 IL.
Uniformed personnel “are not required to wear face-to-face clothing while on the field or in dugouts and bullpens,” the minutes state. The same applies to “team charters, trains, buses, etc.”, although the Federal Transportation Security Administration has a mask mandate in place for flights through April 18th.
For indoor percussion tunnels, clubhouses, weight rooms, and other indoor areas, players and uniformed personnel must “wear approved face masks when in those areas, if required by applicable laws or regulations in that jurisdiction.”
If a team “experiences a significant number of COVID-19 IL rankings” or limited list rankings due to inability to enter Canada over vaccination status, and the commissioner states “this implies a club’s ability to field a competitive team”, then the team can “add substitutes to its active list in the major league temporarily.” A player’s return to the minors will not be considered a voluntary or direct transfer.
Each team can have up to five players as a taxi team, including a catcher.
Players’ children are allowed on the court at times designated by the teams.
Vaccinated media members will have access to clubhouses for the first time since the spring training in 2020.