Tropical Storm Irene threatens Puerto Rico, Hispaniola

September 26, 2020

first_img Share Share Share NewsRegional Tropical Storm Irene threatens Puerto Rico, Hispaniola by: – August 22, 2011 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Tropical Storm Irene close to Purto Rico on Sunday night. NHC/NOAA visible imageMIAMI, USA — At 8:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the centre of Tropical Storm Irene was located about 10 miles northwest of St Croix, US Virgin Islands, and about 90 miles east-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, moving west-northwest toward the Dominican Republic near 15 mph.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, this forward motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with a decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track the centre of Irene will move near or over Puerto Rico on Sunday night and near or over the Dominican Republic on Monday.Data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph, with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast and Irene is expected to be near hurricane intensity on Monday. Weakening is likely later on Monday as the center moves near or over the Dominican Republic.Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles from the centre. St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands had reported a sustained wind of 40 mph and a wind gust of 69 mph. A Puerto Rico seismic network station at Fajardo reported a sustained wind of 35 mph and a wind gust of 47 mph. The minimum central pressure based on surface data from St Croix is 995 mb (29.38 inches).Tropical storm conditions were occurring in the Virgin Islands on Sunday evening and were expected to spread across Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques. Tropical storm conditions will reach the Dominican Republic early on Monday. Hurricane conditions were expected over Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques on Sunday night and over the Dominican Republic on Monday. The highest winds are likely to occur over areas of elevated terrain.Irene is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches are possible. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of steep terrain. Additional rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible over the Leeward Islands.A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of the Dominican Republic in the hurricane warning area. A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels is expected along the coast Of Puerto Rico, as well as in the tropical storm warning area. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.The government of The Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The government of The Bahamas has issued a tropical storm watch for the central Bahamas.A hurricane warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques, and the entire coastline of the Dominican RepublicA hurricane watch is in effect for the US Virgin Islands.A tropical storm warning is in effect for the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Haiti, St Martin and St Barthelemy, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands,A tropical storm watch is in effect for the central BahamasMeanwhile, Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall on the coast of Belize on Saturday, with top winds near 60 mph. The system had weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday but continued producing heavy rainfall over parts of Guatemala and eastern Mexico.These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of higher terrain, the National Hurricane Center said.Elsewhere, a large and elongated low pressure system located about 250 miles northwest of the northernmost Cape Verde Islands is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. Development of this low is unlikely during the next couple of days as it remains over cool waters. This system has a low chance — 0 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Walker Buehler strikes out 16, then Matt Beaty’s homer gives Dodgers a walk-off win

August 26, 2020

first_imgPreviousMatt Beaty of the Los Angeles Dodgers waves to the crowd after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Beaty, right, of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with powder by teammate Cody Bellinger after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWalker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubles against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubles against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies catches a sac fly ball by Chris Taylor (not pictured) as Max Muncy (not pictured) scores in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores on a sac fly by by Chris Taylor (not pictured) against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his solo home run as he leaves the batter’s box during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his solo homerun, to take a 2-1 lead over the Colorado Rockies, during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds second base after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Muncy #13 after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs toward home plate after Justin Turner #10, right, is ejected for saying something toward home plate umpire Chad Fairchild (not pictured) in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues with umpire Chad Fairchild #4 after Justin Turner (not pictured) ejected for saying something toward home plate umpire Chad Fairchild in the fourth inning of a MLB baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies watches his solo home run to tie the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies rounds third base after hitting a solo home run to tie the game off Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies high fives teammate David Dahl #26v after hitting a solo home run to tie the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies high fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to tie the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler celebrates after striking out the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado (not pictured) to end the ninth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Buehler had a career-high 16 strikeouts in the Dodgers’ 4-2, walk-off victory. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his game winning solo home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run homerun with Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies ,for 4-2 win, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run homerun for 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his game winning solo home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a game winning solo home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two run homerun, for 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Matt Beaty celebrates as he circles the bases after hitting a two-run, walk-off home run in the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a game winning solo home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two run homerun with third base coach Dino Ebel #12, for 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty (45) leaps as he reaches home plate after his walk-off two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles won 4-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers wait for Matt Beaty (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two run homerun at home plate, for 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a game winning two run homerun of Matt Beaty #45, for a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is showered with Gatorade by Joc Pederson #31 and Alex Verdugo #27, after his two run homerun, for a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Matt Beaty, right, of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with water by teammate Alex Verdugo #27 after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Beaty, right, of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with powder by teammate Cody Bellinger after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is covered by baby powder by Cody Bellinger #35, after his two run homerun, for a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is covered by baby powder by Cody Bellinger #35, after his two run homerun, for a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Matt Beaty of the Los Angeles Dodgers waves to the crowd after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Beaty, right, of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with powder by teammate Cody Bellinger after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 44Matt Beaty, right, of the Los Angeles Dodgers is doused with powder by teammate Cody Bellinger after hitting a two-run walk-off home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Short on neither velocity nor confidence, Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler warms up to the medieval boasts in an Avenged Sevenfold song titled “Hail to the King.” Friday night, it was the prelude to a royal performance.Buehler set career-highs by pitching nine innings, striking out 16 and throwing 111 pitches, allowing just three hits to the Colorado Rockies. But two of those hits were solo home runs and it took a two-run home run by Matt Beaty with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dodgers a 4-2 walk-off win – and Buehler his first complete-game victory.“That was awesome,” said Beaty who returned from a one-day exile to Triple-A (on paper only) just in time for Friday’s drama. “I was thinking about that when we were running in from the ninth inning when he struck out Nolan (Arenado) – that he had a really special night and it would be really fun to get a win for him.”The 16 strikeouts were the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo struck out 17 Marlins on April 13, 1996. Buehler is the first Dodgers pitcher to strike out as many as 16 in a game without walking a batter. “Spectacular,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who watched the last five innings from the clubhouse after being ejected in the fourth inning. “He was just commanding all his pitches. I think he said (he made) two bad pitches. I think the pitch to (Charlie) Blackmon was a pretty good pitch. He just got to it. Obviously, he wants the slider back to Arenado. He was trying to go down and away and left it over the plate.“But that was one of the most dominant pitching performances other than Clayton’s no-hitter five years ago. That was special.”It was actually the most runs Buehler has given up in a start this month. He has been unhittable – literally – for stretches this month.Buehler retired the first 14 batters in order at Arizona on June 3. Two starts later, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at home against the Cubs. In four starts this month, opposing batters are hitting just .112 against him with 12 hits and 42 strikeouts in 31 innings.Against the Rockies on Friday, Buehler retired the first 11 in order with only three balls hit into fair territory. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “That’s my gameplan. For me, that’s the most important thing – being able to throw strikes where I want them and being able to change speeds,” Buehler said of mixing his pitches to get the strikeouts. “You can’t just kind of cruise at one altitude. You’ve got to move. That’s why these guys are so good because they can hit that.“I was commanding everything for the most part. A little sporadic with the fastball at times and the curveball, I would like to have landed it a couple more times. Pretty happy with the slider. Only the one really bad one to Arenado.”Arenado put an end to Buehler’s run when his fly ball to left field just cleared Beaty and the wall for a solo home run. After retiring another six Rockies in order and running his strikeout total to 10, Buehler got burned again. This time, Blackmon turned on an inside fastball and sent it into the seats down the right field line.“I just can’t picture a pitcher dominating a really good lineup like he did tonight,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.But Rockies starter German Marquez was having a good night of his own. The Dodgers got to him for an unearned run in the second inning and Cody Bellinger hit his 25th home run of the season (matching his 2018 total) in the fourth.The Dodgers went on from there without Turner.Turner grounded out on an 0-and-2 pitch to start the fourth inning. The second strike was clearly off the plate and Turner was apparently still pointing this out from the dugout two batters later when home plate umpire Chad Fairchild ejected him from the game.“Not really sure what happened,” Turner said. “He looked in the dugout and said, ‘That’s enough’ or whatever. I kind of smiled and waved at him and said, ‘Hi.’ Apparently, that was offensive in some way.“I asked him about a pitch during my at-bat that same inning. I said, ‘Hey, Chad, where you got that?’ and he kind of snapped back at me and said, ‘Obviously it’s a strike or I wouldn’t have called it.’ I didn’t say anything else and grounded out and came off the field.”Bellinger’s homer was one of just five hits the Dodgers had off Marquez. So when Roberts sent Buehler out for the ninth inning for the first time in his MLB career, the score was tied 2-2.Buehler gave up a one-out single in the ninth, forcing him to pitch from the stretch for the first time all game. It didn’t slow him down. He struck out David Dahl and Arenado, his 111th pitch of the night clocked at 97 mph.“Got some calls, got some bad swings in some counts,” Buehler said. “Just trying to throw strikes and when you throw strikes good things happen.”Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz should have followed that advice. After retiring the first two Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, Max Muncy worked him for a seven-pitch walk to extend the inning.“To take that walk, to keep the line moving and give us another opportunity was huge,” Roberts said. “A lot of times you see guys give those at-bats away. Two outs and nobody on base, the probability of scoring a run is slim. Really after the first couple, two, three weeks (of the season) when he was struggling – from that point on, man, he just hasn’t given away anything.”That brought up Beaty, back on the roster after a one-day demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City – a device used to clear a roster spot for extra pitching in Thursday’s bullpen game. He put a quick end to things, driving the second pitch he saw from Diaz over the wall in center field.“Muncy put together a good at-bat, got down two strikes early then battled back and got the walk,” Beaty said. “So I felt confident walking to the plate. Muncy saw a lot of pitches. I just wanted to get the barrel to the ball and that’s what happened.”last_img read more

Hoornstra: Why luck will turn your baseball heroes into superheroes

August 26, 2020

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This season will not be normal, and not merely because it’s so short. COVID-19 is thought to attack blood vessels, not hamstrings or rotator cuffs. We can’t be certain how much time any individual player will need to recover from their bout with the virus. We don’t know how well they’ll recover. Unfortunately, we can’t even know if they’ll recover. Any day between now and Sept. 27 could be the tipping point for something catastrophic – a death, a team-wide outbreak – that renders the season unplayable.To be clear, there’s a difference between being a Debbie Downer and being a healthy skeptic. (I’m paid to be the latter). We can glean encouragement from MLB’s testing results. Friday, the league announced it had collected and tested 10,548 samples from players, coaches and staff from July 10-16. Only six were new positive tests – five from players and one from a staff member. Since testing began, 80 players (out of approximately 1800) and 13 staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two of the 30 teams haven’t returned a single positive test to date.It’s harder to be optimistic when looking ahead. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. What happens when teams begin to travel around the country? How can players’ families limit their own exposure to protect the men on the field? In the District of Columbia and Los Angeles County – home to the Nationals and Dodgers, respectively – local laws require anyone exposed to the coronavirus quarantine for 14 days. That’s a steep penalty in the context of a 66-day season. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts conceded this week that he’s “a little bit” worried these municipal laws could foster an uneven playing field.As the medical literature on the coronavirus becomes more robust, we’ve seen that it doesn’t attack its victims evenly. Even if most players who test positive can return, we don’t know how they will perform. They might echo a sentiment expressed by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who was recovering from COVID-19 in May. “Taking 17 days off and then trying to get back into it, I really feel it. I still feel my lungs trying to get back in shape,” Miller told the Washington Post.The threat of diminishing an athlete’s body from his peak is essential to the virus’ threat. This is why, without fail, players who opt in offer the same response when a player opts out: “we respect their decision.” How do you like your heroes?Do you prefer the kind with superhuman strength, speed, and flexibility? Or do you prefer the kind who wrestle with their own limitations, who succeed despite human foibles?Major League Baseball is hoping you prefer the latter in 2020. You will not get to enjoy a 50-home run hitter this season, let alone 60. No pitcher will chase 300 strikeouts, no runner will steal 50 bases. The most prized feat of strength in a COVID-19 season might be the power of the human will: to avoid high-fives, to keep bare hands away from dugout rails, to wash and wash and wash those hands, with soap and hot water every time.Tune in to watch a game on television, and it might look enough like baseball to serve as a distraction for three hours. But if the threat posed by the novel coronavirus wasn’t so omnipresent, MLB would not have issued a 33,286-word manual with safety precautions for players, coaches, umpires, and team staff. The league would not have made a specific COVID-19 disabled list with no minimum duration. Certainly, commissioner Rob Manfred would not have said publicly that 60 games was the longest regular season possible because of the risk posed by the pandemic. “They should make up an award for the trainers, doctors and medical staff,” former Seattle Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez said on a conference call Thursday, “because whoever keeps the players healthiest can win the championship.”I take solace in the idea that leadership will matter, too. Leadership is a skill. Maybe it’s a skill important enough to make a meaningful difference between teams who adhere to MLB’s draconian hygiene guidelines and those who don’t. Maybe it will help keep players, coaches, and staff safe.I fear that a more important factor will be luck, and not the kind of on-field luck that’s woven into the fabric of baseball. Luck that the hotel staff is diligent about cleaning your favorite player’s room; luck that no virus-carrying droplets make it on board your favorite team’s plane; luck that any asymptomatic coronavirus carriers don’t accidentally spread the pathogen to players – that’s what to root for in 2020.So, I’ll ask it again: how do you like your heroes?In the 2018 sequel to Deadpool, the satirical black sheep of the Marvel cinematic universe, one scene is instructive. The title protagonist is assembling a team of superheroes to get the bad guy. He finds Bedlam, who can distort electrical fields; Zeitgeist, who spews acid; the Vanisher, played by Brad Pitt; Shatterstar, who is “better than you at everything”; and Domino, who has the power of good luck. In the course of a single fight, Bedlam, the Vanisher, Zeitgeist, and Shatterstar die. Only Domino lives to see the end credits. She might not have been the most physically gifted member of the team, but she always avoided catastrophe somehow.In 2020, you want Domino on your team. Actually, you want a team stacked with Dominoes. If every player does everything right – from wearing a mask to physical distancing to hand-washing – they will still need luck to make it through the season without contracting COVID-19. Then, and only then, will their powers on the field make a difference toward winning a championship.Related Articles Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more