While Major League Baseball and the players continue to try and hash out their differences in pay scale, season length, and health concerns, Japan’s NPB has been working towards getting through their version of spring training after a long delay. But two players on the Yomiuri Giants have now tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the cancellation of an exhibition game between the Giants and the Seibu Lions.

According to the team, the PCR tests taken by Sakamoto and Oshiro both showed only traces of the coronavirus. Epidemiologist Mitsuo Kaku, who advised both NPB and pro soccer’s J-League on how to deal with the virus threat, said the two were unlikely to pose an infection risk.

“The two players had recovered from their infections, and it appears a significant amount of time had passed,” Kaku said. “For that reason it appears there is not a high risk they would expose others around them.”

The two players will reportedly be away from the team until they test negatively for COVID-19. The NBP is still just two days into playing games during their build up towards opening day, which is June 19th.

Major League Baseball is likely keeping an eye on this situation as they will want to see how the teams react and respond when a situation like this does occur, because it’s almost a guarantee that it will occur if and when they get going again, too.

For now, the focus feels a lot more about who gets what money, and how long the season is going to take. But be assured that what’s happening in Japan with the Giants is being watched closely as the team and league deal with the situation.

4 Responses

  1. Stock

    If the players are not quarantined it will occur in the USA. If MLB wants a playoff I think they need to play their games in AZ and FLA. If the season is only 50 games that means 2 months away from family.

    My proposal:

    50 game season
    1. 16 teams make the playoffs (8 in AZ, 8 in FLA) (4 best records from each state + 4 wild cards if games are played in Texas):

    2. Two or three teams from each state gain an advantage for having the best record in their state. They will be the home team every game in the series.

    3. Round 1: Best of 5
    Round 2 – 4: Best of 7


    If playoffs do not happen: Prorated salary on games played (floored at money already provided to players).

    If playoff happen:

    First $5 million of salary players receive 100%
    Players receive 40% on salary in excess of $5 million

    If a player has a $10 million contract he receives $7 million for 2020
    If a player has a $30 million contract he receives $15 million for 2020

    Unless your name is Mike Trout you will play 1/3 of the regular season games and receive at least 50% of your salary.

  2. RedNat

    the testing aspect is the real challenge. the testing right now is not very accurate. a lot of false negatives and essentially false positives. Many patients stay positive for weeks after they are asymptomatic and not contagious anymore. until more accurate testing is in place the logistics of playin a full season is going to be a nightmare

  3. Doug Gray

    For those who happened to catch the comment that has now been deleted earlier, you’ll be shocked to know that it comes from someone who has been banned from commenting already, but they were using a different IP address to get around their block.

    • Michael Smith


      I am sorry replying to the troll.