COVID Baseball Is Here: Braves Lose Both Catchers on Opening Day

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It's fitting the Braves are playing the Mets today, because this is the most Mets shit I've ever seen in my life. With new closer Will Smith still out after testing positive for COVID and Freddie Freeman having just come back from a serious episode with the virus, Atlanta is now down both of its catchers on Opening Day.

Mark Bowman says neither Tyler Flowers nor travis d'Arnaud have tested positive for COVID, but that they both are experiencing symptoms and did not travel with the team to New York. The Braves announced they recalled Alex Jackson and William Contreras to fill the roster spots.

I guess this is just what the 2020 season is going to look like. The Nationals announced hours before their season opener yesterday that Juan Soto had tested positive and he was out. I think we all knew deep down this was going to happen, but it's just so different to start experiencing it.

I hope everybody is able to stay relatively safe and healthy throughout the season and we don't have an outbreak go through an entire team, because while a situation like this is manageable short-term, this seems like a pretty slippery slope to having everything get shut down.

With that being the case, I have always said the Atlanta Braves are William Contreras's baseball team.