David Price may have opted out of the season, but he’s still just as involved from home. The Dodgers’ starter issued a strong statement against MLB today in the wake of a COVID outbreak.
Following the news that the Marlins had 11 players test positive, Price took to Twitter to voice his concerns. Price had decided not to play the season with the Dodgers out of a concern for his own health, as well as his family’s health.
Now we REALLY get to see if MLB is going to put players health first. Remember when Manfred said players health was PARAMOUNT?! Part of the reason I’m at home right now is because players health wasn’t being put first. I can see that hasn’t changed.
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) July 27, 2020
Price seemed to call out MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred, citing their previous concern for the health of players. The Dodgers pitcher made it clear that one of the main reasons that he chose to not play in 2020 is that he felt that the league was not sincere in sharing that sentiment.
Rob Manfred, on MLB Network just now: "I disagree with David's comments. … The health issue was the most important one to all of us." He adds that cancelling the Marlins' next two games "went beyond" the protocol outlined in the 2020 Operations Manual. https://t.co/cJ8tHx6G8s
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 27, 2020
A major concern for players all along is that they felt their health was not at the forefront of conversations. The financial aspect of the game seemed to control the course of conversation from the start, and it doesn’t appear that has changed at all. The fact that Marlins players were allowed to play on Sunday at all should show that the league is certainly falling short in it’s goal of keeping players safe.
The guy who “handled” the scandal with the cheating Astros is in charge of keeping players safe? I see why you opted out. Stay safe @DAVIDprice24
— Angela Acosta (@casaacosta4) July 27, 2020
The Dodgers were set to fly to Houston today for a two-game series that begins tomorrow. It’s unclear right now if they will continue to do so, as MLB gets on a call with all 30 organizations today. Team president Stan Kasten did say on Monday that he felt that a breakout was inevitable and that the league planned for such a scenario.