Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain is finished with MLB in 2020 after news broke Saturday more positive results from the COVID-19 test among the Cardinals organization hours before his team was scheduled to face St. Louis.
Cain announced that he would choose not to participate in the season, becoming the best player to date to make that decision. His health, he reasonably decided, was of greater importance than a circus campaign that can be canceled entirely next week.
He is far from the first player to step away from baseball this year – Marlins' second baseman, Isan Diaz, did the same Saturday – but his stature as a two-time All-Star, winner of the golden glove and key piece of a playoff candidate makes his choice in the middle of the season another possible turning point in the downward spiral of the season.
Perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, of course, almost decided not to play this season before the birth of your child. By participating in Angels on the opening day, he helped to legitimize the MLB's 60-game plan. As other trendsetters, like Cain, take the other direction, the stars can join the campaign evacuation.
A Friday report from the MLB stated that there were 29 positive tests of COVID-19 from the previous week, with the majority of those in the ranks of Marlins.
Commissioner Rob Manfred is reported to have told the MLB Players Association that he is considering canceling the season if the case count continues to trend in the wrong direction. The best players in the league could help make that choice for him.