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by Robert Mingolelli
 
I referenced Chinese Professional Baseball being played in Taiwan in the Groton Herald sports page last week. The CPBL league due to start on March 14 was postponed and then scheduled to start April 12 with no spectators. From May 8, spectators were allowed and I brazenly added “MLB, are you paying attention?”
     The article I read was very informative. Taiwan is a relatively small island, about 14,000 square miles combined, about the size of New Jersey and Connecticut, with a population of approximately 24 million. The nation had only 429 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and six deaths during the pandemic.
     There are some very strict guidelines that are followed starting from when entering their stadiums, your temperature is taken, to checking to see if your name is on a list, and it goes on from there. If your name is not on that list, you are not allowed into the stadium.
     Granted, the CPBL has four major league level teams compared to 30 Major League Baseball teams but there are some lessons to be learned. There are rules to address in order to protect the health of all those involved. The CPBL plan which included play being suspended if even one confirmed case among personnel, had to be approved by the government.
     Where I am going with this? I am disappointed that MLB is not close to opening their season. So many of us miss major league baseball. The owners and players are mired in a troublesome discourse over amount of games to be played, prorated salaries, 100 percent for a 50 game season, 60 percent for an 82 game schedule etc.
     I will have to appease my sports addiction by following the NBA, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, NFL, The Masters. Plenty of profes- sional teams to follow on television and with a shortened season, playoffs will soon follow. Will baseball be missed?
 
[Note: CPBL information referenced from Boston Globe]
 
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