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Players day-to-day routines will be different in 2020

Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday May 18, 2020

The immensity of MLB’s plan to return through a daunting health-and-safety protocol | ESPN

The health and safety of MLB’s return should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. If baseball is to return this year, it has to take the front burner. It’s not just about the players, coaching staff and umpires, but about every single person needed to execute a baseball game. A global pandemic is a new obstacle that must be navigated very carefully.

MLB released a 67-page document about protocols that will need to be in place. Yesterday’s Rockpile went into depth on the details of the document, but I wanted to focus on ESPN’s article today. Jeff Passan outlines exactly what a day in the life a major leaguer might be like if and when baseball happens.

Wake up. Grab the thermometer issued to every player in MLB and take your temperature. Just make sure to do it before eating, drinking or exercising. Then take it again. If it’s over 100 degrees, self-isolate, call the team physician and get ready to take a rapid-response COVID-19 test.

Passan goes to even more detail of what a day might look like, down to tipping clubhouse attendants with electronic services like PayPal or Venmo. When baseball returns, it’s going to be completely different for players and fans alike.

Manning, Elway, Broncos and Rockies donate more than $16 million to Colorado COVID-relief | The Denver Post ($)

The Colorado Rockies Foundation, along with numerous other organizations and individuals donated nearly $16.5 million to Colorado’s COVID Relief Fund. The fund helps with three major categories: prevention, impact, and recovery. Those who are eligible to receive aid range from food pantries to first responders to daycare providers.

DJ Johnson’s improbable baseball journey continues in Japan, where right-hander’s vying to close for Hiroshima Toyo Carp | The Denver Post ($)

Hello, old friend. While DJ Johnson’s tenure with the Rockies organization wasn’t terribly long, he was a face we saw a few times in 2018 and 2019. He made a grand total of 35 appearances for the Rockies in that time frame. After spending a lot of time on the road between Denver and Albuquerque in 2019, Johnson felt like it was his time to try his arm in a different league.

After the Rockies granted him an unconditional release, Johnson signed a three-year deal with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization in Japan. He is competing for the closer job for Hiroshima, but will likely remain on the roster as long as he remains healthy.

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