Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought about significant changes for Major League Baseball, as the delayed start to the 2020 season was a factor in setting a 60-game schedule. With that the league also implemented a slew of health and safety protocols.
Because of the risk players and coaches face with this season, they have been given an opportunity to opt out of participating. Several players across the league have decided to do as much, including Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price.
And while some opted out after beginning the season, the Dodgers have not faced such a reality. That’s despite the likes of Scott Alexander and Kenley Jansen not only contracting the virus but also being considered higher risk.
So too is Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, as he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that develops within the body’s immune system, in 2010.
Roberts has since made a full recovery, and in a recent interview with Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times, said his doctor does not believe he is at a greater risk:
“I asked [the doctor] if I were to go back, does that put me in any different [risk] category, and he said absolutely not,” Roberts said. “He didn’t really give me any details, and I didn’t really ask.”
That is certainly good news to hear as while the Dodgers have World Series aspirations in 2020, the health of everyone involved is ultimately the most important thing. Roberts has been among the most vocal in needing to adhere to MLB’s health and safety protocols.
He also supported Dodgers players in their decision to implement their own set of guidelines for behavior in the dugout during games.
Roberts remained committed to managing
Perhaps buoyed by reassurances he can manage this season at no increased risk, Roberts has made it clear he never considered opting out of.
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