Imperiled by new clusters, market vendors gear up for their health

first_imgWorking daily in a place deemed to pose a high risk of COVID-19 contagion, some traditional wet market vendors have taken precautions related to the viral outbreak, as they worry about their health as much as they do their financial struggles.Satibi, 39, has been wearing a face mask and gloves while butchering chickens during the pandemic, something he had never done since starting his business eight years ago in Rawasari Market in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta. He said he always sprayed his money box with alcohol before tidying up his cash during the pandemic.“We are just human beings who are worried, just like others,” Satibi said. Read also: Indonesian wet markets carry high risk of virus transmissionSiti Purwani, a staple food vendor in Serdang Market in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, preferred to improve her immune system by consuming herbal drinks and vitamin C, aside from wearing a mask. She said she also relied on hand sanitizer, because wearing gloves would hinder her, for instance, when preparing bags of cooking oil.She also demanded that the market management deploy more officers to patrol the area and ban customers that belong to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children and pregnant women, after she several times spotted them among market visitors during the pandemic.“Because [people] will listen better to officers without being offended, rather than to us, sellers who are ordinary people.”Some vendors have been facing a dilemma since the outbreak hit Jakarta in March: Running their business on site could increase the risk of infection, not only among themselves but also market visitors. But these traders need to make ends meet.About 3,244 vendors from 110 wet markets, out of more than 100,000 vendors in roughly 150 wet markets across the city, have provided a safer alternative to direct purchasing: a shop-from-home service allowing customers to purchase daily needs via phone call or text message. But many sellers have found it less successful because customers prefer to shop directly at the market.Siti and Nainggolan, for instance, said they attracted only up to five shop-from-home customers per week.Jakarta itself never fully closed its traditional markets during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), but restricted their operations by banning vendors selling non-staple food from operating in markets.Read also: Bandung to close three markets after sellers tested positive for COVID-19And now Jakarta is transitioning to the so-called “new normal”, gradually easing the PSBB and reopening the economy, at the same time trying to prevent contagion with heightened health protocols.As of Monday, the Indonesian Traditional Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) had recorded 64 vendors in Jakarta having contracted the virus since the outbreak started, out of a total of 573 vendors nationwide having the virus, raising concern that new clusters may emerge as the country begins to ease the coronavirus curbs.The IKAPPI has issued a health protocol for vendors and market managers that includes guidelines on the distance between stalls, plastic curtains between traders and customers, body temperature checks and routine disinfecting since March. It has also established a task force to disseminate the protocol to traditional markets nationwide during the new normal period and ensure their compliance.IKAPPI chairman Dimas Hermadiyansyah, however, acknowledged many vendors nationwide were negligent about health protocols. He called on local governments to strictly impose the protocol to keep everyone in the markets safe.“Now that the Jakarta administration is easing restrictions, we are worried that traditional markets will become [a source of] infection because human-to-human interaction is high there,” he said.Read also: Sellers in markets, malls, required to wear masks, face shields and gloves in ‘new normal’: Trade MinistryNainggolan, another staple food vendor at Serdang Market, said he sometimes had to remind customers swarming in front of his stall to disperse.He said he was worried about contagion. Yet he said he had no option but to keep his business running during the outbreak that has financially hit most traditional vendors in Serdang Market as a result of fewer customers.As of Monday, 23 vendors at Serdang Market had contracted the virus, which Nainggolan believed to have been caused by an abundance of people flocking to the market a week before the Idul Fitri holiday.“Customer numbers surged by around 10 times. The worst was three days before Idul Fitri,” Nainggolan said, suggesting the market management enforce stricter control ahead of the Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) holiday in late July.Following reports that jostling crowds at traditional markets remained, Pasar Jaya imposed an odd-even kiosk number policy starting on Monday during the new normal period. The policy allows odd-numbered kiosks to open only on odd dates and even-numbered kiosks to open on even dates.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo suggested local governments issue more prevention measures at traditional markets with strict enforcement to prevent new infections, at the same time not putting aside their livelihood.Topics : Satibi said he was particularly concerned about being infected after 14 fellow vendors tested positive last week, prompting Jakarta-owned market operator Pasar Jaya to close down the market for three consecutive days for disinfectant spraying.But even though he had been wearing personal protective equipment, he said he sometimes loosened his mask to breathe fresh air when no customers were around, as it was hot and stuffy inside the building.He found that patrolling officers — the market’s internal security guards, as well as military and police personnel — were not present all the time to remind sellers and customers to implement health protocols.”It would be nice if everyone in the market voluntarily complied with these protocols,” Satibi said.last_img read more

Total E&P UK head to retire after 38 years of service

first_imgManaging director of Total E&P UK will be retiring shortly after nearly forty years of working for Total.Total said on Wednesday that Elisabeth Proust, the managing director of Total E&P UK, would retire following 38 years of service.Proust began her career as a junior drilling supervisor with Elf Aquitaine, now Total, in 1980. An engineer by profession, she worked as one of the company’s development engineering and project management specialists, which led to her appointment as the first female vice president for development engineering for Total worldwide.Later in her career, she held several senior leadership roles as a managing director of Total’s affiliates in Indonesia, Nigeria and finally, the UK.During her three years in Aberdeen, Proust led the completion of the West of Shetland Laggan Tormore project in February 2016 followed with the completion of the Edradour Glenlivet fields in August 2017.In Aberdeen, Proust oversaw the drilling on Total’s Elgin Franklin asset, which contributed to Total E&P UK’s operated production exceeding 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2017.Most recently, she oversaw the relocation of Total’s Aberdeen office to a more modern facility that was opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in December 2017.Proust also served on the boards of Oil and Gas UK, the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, and the Oil and Gas Authorities’ Technology Leadership Board.Michael Borrell, Total’s senior vice president for the North Sea and Russia, said: “I’d like to thank Elisabeth for her contribution to Total throughout her career and especially the tireless work over the last three years in the UK. Under her leadership Total E&P UK reduced its operating costs by 30%, completed major investment projects west of Shetland and restructured its business to improve focus on asset safety and production.”Also, following Total’s recent acquisition of Maersk Oil, managing director of Maersk Oil UK Morten Kelstrup decided to move on and take the position of chief commercial and innovation officer at Maersk Drilling.Total added that the new managing director for the combined entities of Total E&P UK and Maersk Oil UK would be announced shortly.last_img read more

No football Facility to Host Football Tournament.

first_imgNewsSports No football Facility to Host Football Tournament. by: – March 16, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 36 Views   no discussions President of the football association Mr. Patrick John says not having football fields available for footballers have not only reduced the amount of teams coming from Roseau but has also deathened the opportunity of hosting one of the five football game tournaments in Dominica.He continued to say that he was not against any other games like cricket which has stopped any other games to be played at the Windsor Park Stadium from January to August because of the test matches coming up, but has argued that there should be another facility for games like football, netball and so on. Mr. John says that at least one game should be hosted at home.By: Grace HendersonPhoto Credit: Fifa.comlast_img read more

Wilshere hits back at critics

first_img Photos of the midfielder holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub were posted on social media and quickly made national headlines. On Thursday evening, Wilshere posted on Instagram a video of himself in training as he recovers from ankle surgery along with the message : “Worry about your character not your reputation, because your character is who you are and your reputation is only what people who don’t know you think about you!” Press Association The Gunners are to seek clarification from Wilshere over the circumstances of the incident, which is understood to have happened during a night out with friends in central London last week. A picture of Wilshere was uploaded to Instagram, before being removed and replaced with an edited version where only the face of the Arsenal player was visible in the background. However, the original image, where the England international held the shisha pipe, was then subsequently reposted on Twitter, sparking much debate across social media over the player’s behaviour ahead of Saturday’s north London derby at Tottenham Arsenal take a dim view on players smoking. In January, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was hit with a £25,000 fine after it emerged he lit up in the showers following the 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, since when the Pole has not started a Barclays Premier League match. Wilshere’s representatives said they had nothing further to add when contacted by the Press Association on Thursday. The latest revelations around Wilshere – the midfielder has been criticised in the past after twice being pictured with a cigarette, the previous occasion while on holiday in Las Vegas last summer with England goalkeeper Joe Hart following the 2014 World Cup – will come as an unwelcome distraction to Wenger as he prepares his squad for Saturday’s lunchtime kick off at White Hart Lane, with the subject now set to dominate the agenda at Friday’s morning media conference. Leading scorer Alexis Sanchez will again be out because of a hamstring injury which saw him miss the 5-0 win over Aston Villa, but England forward Danny Welbeck is in line to make a return after being out since December 28 with a thigh problem. Jack Wilshere appeared to hit back at his critics after becoming embroiled in another smoking controversy. Wenger said on the Arsenal club website: “Alexis is not ready. He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet. He is training, but it’s light training.” Wenger added Wilshere was set to be “back in full training next week, hopefully from Sunday”. England forward Theo Walcott, meanwhile, is relishing the prospect of the derby atmosphere as Arsenal look to keep the pressure up on the top four. Walcott has just returned to full fitness after the best part of a year on the sidelines when suffering a serious knee injury in the closing minutes of the FA Cup third-round win over Spurs at the Emirates Stadium in January 2014. The 25-year-old was carried off on a stretcher in front of the away supporters, some of whom threw objects to which the player responded with a 2-0 hand gesture. Walcott, whose injury shattered his World Cup dreams, thrives on the rivalry. “This is a massive game and it is all about the bragging rights,” Walcott said in the London Evening Standard. “Things like that have happened in the past and it won’t be forgotten about, I am sure, but it is one thing I have moved on from. “Every player will get stick I am sure, but it is about just trying to go out there and perform.” Walcott, who has scored in successive appearances since his return from a niggling groin problem, added: “Any criticism won’t affect me at all. It is enjoyable – it is a bit different and is always a great atmosphere at White Hart Lane. “It is probably the fixture I always look forward to playing in the most, to be fair. “It is one of the biggest games for both sets of fans and this year it is going to be tight.” last_img read more

Big inning leads Brewers past Marlins

first_imgRyan Braun hit a two-run home run in the third inning Wednesday at Landshark Stadium to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.[/media-credit]MIAMI (AP) — Hayden Penn pitched his way right off the Marlins’ roster.The Florida reliever issued three bases-loaded walks Wednesday night and Ryan Braun homered to help the Milwaukee Brewers snap a five-game losing streak with a 9-6 win Wednesday night over the Marlins.After the game, the Marlins announced that Penn would be designated for assignment on Thursday. Florida will have 10 days to trade, release or send Penn outright to the minors after making the move.“I couldn’t get locked in at all,” Penn said. “Everything I tried to do wasn’t working. It’s a pretty helpless feeling when you can’t throw the ball over the plate.”The Brewers scored six runs in the fifth inning, three on bases-loaded walks after Penn relieved rookie Sean West (0-3) with runners on first and second.Seth McClung (3-1) pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief for a taxed Brewers bullpen, allowing only an eighth-inning homer by Dan Uggla. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances this season.A series of short outings by the last five starting pitchers has given Milwaukee relief issues of its own.“It’s our job in the bullpen to come in and do what we’re asked to do and today I was asked to come in and put us in a position where we didn’t have to use everybody,” McClung said. “Being able to keep us rested in the bullpen is going to put us in a better situation.”Milwaukee was up 3-1 going into the fifth. An error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez on Braun’s grounder followed by Prince Fielder’s one-out single put runners on first and second and chased West. A grounder by J.J. Hardy forced Braun at home for the second out and it seemed Penn might get out of the jam.But Penn then walked three consecutive batters with the bases loaded, including starter Braden Looper.He was relieved by Brian Sanches after getting to a 2-1 count on Corey Hart.Hart reached on third baseman Emilio Bonifacio’s throwing error, which also scored the fourth run of the inning before Casey McGehee doubled home two runs for a 9-1 lead.“That whole inning was real difficult,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “West wasn’t real sharp but he kept us in the ballgame. You’re just trying to get two outs and not use four or five guys.”Florida got four runs back in the bottom half on a throwing error by Looper, a double play, and singles by Bonifacio and Jorge Cantu. McClung came on and struck out Uggla with the bases loaded to end the inning.Looper allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings and was one out away from notching his fourth win in his last five starts.“I’m not real happy about it right now. To be cruising as good as I was and have that happen is just inexcusable,” said Looper, who had an eight-run cushion to start the fifth. “I don’t know what happened. It’s all just a blur. Give them some credit, they hit some good pitches. Luckily, the guys scored a lot of runs and I didn’t cost us the game. To not get the win when we score nine runs is pretty frustrating.”Braun hit a two-run homer in the third for a 3-0 lead. The Marlins made it 3-1 on Cantu’s solo home run in the fourth, the first hit of the game off Looper.Notes:@ Milwaukee reliever Mark DiFelice was placed on the bereavement list due to the death of his paternal grandmother. The Brewers recalled RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Nashville. … Milwaukee CF Mike Cameron returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game with tendinitis in his left knee and a sore right throwing shoulder. … The Brewers won for just the third time in their past 15 games in Miami. … Fielder hit an RBI double in the first.last_img read more

UW opens inagural B1G hockey conference with border battle at Minnesota

first_imgBig Ten hockey has arrived, at least Minnesota has, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team travels to take on the No. 1 Gophers in a border battle that will inaugurate the new conference for both teams.With the new conference and facing off against the top team in the nation setting the stage, the stakes heading into the Friday-Saturday series could not be higher for the Badgers (4-3-1, 0-0 Big Ten).Yet for University of Wisconsin, they are simply happy to be getting back on the ice.“We’re excited to get back playing. The fact that we’re going into Minnesota and they’re ranked where they are, our kids will be excited,” head coach Mike Eaves said in a press conference Monday. “It’s an opportunity to bang the drum a little bit and make some noise by going in there and playing well, see what we can do.”The Badgers will enter Mariucci Arena coming off a bye week, the team’s third week off in the last five weeks, having played just eight games to Minnesota’s 12 games played so far this season.It is a challenge to keep the veteran squad focused and working hard despite having such little game-time minutes, Eaves said the team has found ways to make practice interesting, incorporating new drills and new techniques, as well as simulating game-like scenarios.“It is a challenge. It’s been kind of a fun one. I think, what it does, it gets us outside of our normal box. We’ve been creative,” Eaves said. “I think we’ve learned some new techniques and training things and drills that have kept our guys’ interest piqued, but at the same time, trying to keep them as close to game ready as we can.”While the Badgers will be coming in well-rested, the Gophers head into the series after splitting a pair of games last weekend with Minnesota-Duluth. Following a decisive 6-1 victory in game one over the Bulldogs, the Gophers went on to drop the second game 6-2, crushing the team’s 10-game unbeaten streak at home after giving up three UMD goals in the opening period.Boasting the second-best offense in the nation, averaging more than four goal-per-game, Minnesota will be a challenge to contain for the Badger defense and goaltending pair of juniors Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson. Junior Gopher forward Sam Warning leads the way on the attack with a team-high 19 points off five goals and 14 assists, putting him in third on the nation’s assists scoreboard. With goal scoring split across the lines for UM, Wisconsin will need to be firing on all cylinders to contain the explosive offense.Yet the meeting will be no easy task for Minnesota, as the rivalry never sees a dull match, as the Badgers boast a team full of depth and experience. While forward Nic Kerdiles saw his 18-game point streak dating back to last season snapped against Miami two weeks ago, the sophomore continues to be one of the most consistent Badgers on the ice with four goals and four assists on the year. Kerdiles sits tied with three other Badgers with eight points on the year, only to be topped by senior forward Michael Mersch with nine points.The last time the two teams faced off was at the Hockey City Classic hosted at Soldier Field in Chicago last season. After a 3-2 victory for Minnesota in game one at the Kohl Center, the Badgers scored three goals in three minutes and 19 seconds in the second period in the frigid outdoors to lead the team to a 3-2 win over a then-ranked No. 2 Gopher squad.last_img read more

Odoh Threatens to Sue Airline for E/Guinea Open Struggle

first_imgNigeria’s leading professional golfer, Andrew Oche Odoh has threatened to sue South African Airways for his disappointing play at the ongoing 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open in Mongomo.Odoh has heavy odds stacked against him in his bid to successfully defend the tournament, despite shooting a six under par 66 last night which left him 10 strokes outside the lead after 54 holes.The player, a member of South Africa based Sunshine Tour, said the non-arrival of his golf bag made him to resort to borrowing an unfamiliar set of clubs from local amateur golfers in Mongomo. He told THISDAY last night that he would be left with no option than to ask for a compensation of $24,000 from South African Airlines being the value of the Equatorial Guinea Open winning prize money.‘’The failure of the airline to deliver a golf bag containing my Titlist set clubs to the agreed destination, made me recourse to borrowing a wrong set of clubs, and this why I have not matched expectations in Mongomo. It is a clear of breach of contract and I will be demanding compensation that equals the exact prize to be won by the winner of Equatorial Guinea Open Golf Championship. The alternative clubs are made for amateur and not professional golfers,” Odoh threatened.It was gathered that the golf bag was only delivered in Abuja, instead of Lagos, where Odoh joined the Nigerian contingent that flew to Malabo enroute Doula on Monday.Odoh, who was on the verge of missing the cut after two poor rounds of 78 and 75, rebounded at the Presidential Golf Course, Mongomo, to occupy the 15th position and will be in the 31 players field that will compete the final round today.Englishman Craig Hinton, took the lead in sterling fashion, with a course record round of seven under par 65 to take two shots lead over Zambian Zambian Muthiya Madalitso and Swede Peter Gustafsson, who are for tied for second place.Hinton drained five birdies on the back, including a chip in on the last hole for a 31 on the home bound play, and an overall 10 under par for the tournament.Mandhu Mohammed of Zimbabwe occupied the fourth position at 4 under par to stay in touch with the leaders, following a round of 71 mixed with four birdies and three bogies.Six of the eight Nigerians that entered for the tournament made the cut.They include Gift Willy (+2 over par), Odoh, Michael Ubi, Sunday Olapade, Mohammed K. Haruna and Francis Christopher. Kamilu Bako and Morgan Atako missed the cut.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Diamondbacks get 18 hits in 12-8 win over Rockies

first_img WATCH US LIVE Kole Calhoun homered and had a two-run double to lead Arizona’s 18-hit outburst, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 12-8 on Monday night.David Peralta and Ketel Marte got four hits each for Arizona, which finished with 13 singles.Alex Young (1-0) worked two innings of relief for the win. Archie Bradley entered in the ninth with the bases loaded and allowed just one run, earning his fourth save.The teams combined for 15 runs and 21 hits through five innings at Coors Field, chasing both starters before the end of the fourth.“This is a great place to hit. I think that’s not a secret. It feels like it’s going to be a slugfest no matter what,” said Calhoun, who hit his home run to the opposite field. “It’s nice to see everybody keep swinging it and keep putting up crooked numbers.”Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon continued his torrid start with four singles to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He has 10 multi-hit games in that stretch, including the last five to raise his batting average to .484, tops in the majors.“It’s so early into this thing, you can’t weigh things unless you’re Charlie Blackmon, who’s got 30 hits when some guys don’t have 30 at-bats,” Calhoun said.Blackmon has 12 hits in his last 15 at-bats.“He’s just unbelievable. He’s probably the best hitter I’ve ever played with,” said teammate Nolan Arenado, who also had four hits. “These guys are tough lefties and for Charlie to have the at-bats that he has, it’s fun to watch. The zone you dream of is what he’s in right now. I’m trying to learn something from him.”Trevor Story and Chris Owings homered for Colorado.Calhoun set the tone with a leadoff homer against Jon Gray (0-2) and added a two-run double in a three-run seventh that gave Arizona a four-run lead. The Diamondbacks had three innings in which they scored three runs, and they never trailed.Colorado stayed close by answering every rally until the seventh. The Rockies scored a run in the first, two in the third and three in the fourth to chase starter Robbie Ray, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings.“You can’t take anything for granted with this ballpark,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “With the way the ball jets out of here, you’ve got to be extremely careful how you manage the lineup and I thought our bullpen did a tremendous job.”Owings’ second home run of the season — against his former team — cut the lead to 8-7 in the fifth. Marte’s single in the ninth gave Arizona a five-run cushion.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Placed LHP Madison Bumgarner on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. Bumgarner left Sunday’s game at San Diego after two innings due to back spasms.Rockies: RHP Wade Davis (right shoulder strain) still hasn’t started throwing, manager Bud Black said. Davis has been on the 10-day IL since Aug. 1. Black said Davis and RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (right biceps tendinitis) are continuing to get treatment.LIKE OLD TIMESColorado’s starting staff was a strength when the team went to the postseason in 2018. Last year things went sideways, especially for lefty Kyle Freeland, who endured a 3-11 campaign after finishing fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting the year before.The starters are back to being a strength for the Rockies, but it’s not a surprise to Black.“Last year was tough for starters and relievers,” Black said. “Their personal expectation was they would bounce back, and that was my expectation. I’ve seen them pitch well and make adjustments.”UP NEXTThe Diamondbacks send RHP Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.81 ERA) to the mound against Freeland (2-0, 2.41) in the middle game of the series Tuesday night. First Published: 11th August, 2020 12:26 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 12:26 IST Diamondbacks Get 18 Hits In 12-8 Win Over Rockies Kole Calhoun homered and had a two-run double to lead Arizona’s 18-hit outburst, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 12-8 on Monday night. Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Packers injury update: Mike Daniels, Trevor Davis placed on injured reserve

first_imgThe Packers (4-6-1) will host the Cardinals (2-9) on Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET. Packers WR Randall Cobb is ready to return to action this week vs. Cardinals Daniels, who has tallied 10 tackles and two sacks this season, suffered a foot injury in Week 11 during the second half of a 27-24 loss to the Seahawks. He initially was expected to miss just a few games, but that timeline has changed. Davis has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, which he suffered during training camp. He re-aggravated the injury in Week 1, forcing the Packers to place him on injured reserve. He returned in Week 11 against Seattle, but left Sunday’s game against the Vikings early with hamstring issues. Related Newscenter_img Packers defensive end Mike Daniels and wide receiver Trevor Davis likely won’t return this season as they both have been placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Packers activated receiver Jake Kumerow and signed fullback Danny Vitale to the active roster from the practice squad. last_img read more

Hoornstra: MLB’s most visible draft feels like a missed opportunity

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Therein lies a dark cloud hovering over the most visible draft in baseball history. About an hour before the Detroit Tigers were officially on the clock with the first pick, Rob Manfred sat down for questions. The commissioner was asked to address the immediate future of his league, which is embroiled in a public labor dispute between owners and players, over how and when to resume play amidst a global pandemic.“We’re going to play baseball in 2020,” Manfred said. “One hundred percent.”It was a rare moment of clarity. Everything else about the draft feels shrouded in mystery.MLB had previously proposed reducing the number of affiliated minor league teams under its umbrella. Now, some minor league teams are among the many American small businesses merely hoping to stay financially afloat while they’re forced to cancel games. Under the reported terms of MLB’s plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams, the 2021 draft would have been reduced to 20-25 rounds.The net effect is a paradox. After a dramatically shortened 2020 draft, it’s expected that more college baseball players than usual will return in 2021 to play as seniors. (Undrafted players are limited to a $20,000 signing bonus; this will likely lead more high school players to honor college commitments than usual, too.) That means the class of 2021 will be loaded with unprecedented talent. But if that draft lasts 20-25 rounds instead of 40, there will be fewer professional contracts and less money to go around.Related Articles It all adds up to a missed opportunity for the league. The primetime slot on ESPN was only made possible by the absence of other sports, made possible by a virus that spread rapidly across the globe. No baseball executive could control those circumstances.The future of minor league baseball has never looked dimmer, and that is within MLB’s control. The draft class of 2020 faces an unprecedented economic landscape if there are fewer affiliated minor league teams a year fro now. If you could ignore that reality for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, the draft made for a pretty good respite. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield In 2009, MLB moved its draft into a primetime television slot, and aired the first round live from the MLB Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the big name going into the draft. He and other first-round hopefuls were invited to attend the event in person. The thought was to mimic the more visible drafts in the NFL, NBA and NHL with the time-honored optics of the commissioner handing a young man a uniform. One problem: only one player bothered to attend. He was chosen 25th overall by the Angels, and this isn’t the first thing our grandchildren will hear when we tell them about Mike Trout.Wednesday, the draft moved back to ESPN for the first time since 2008. MLB Network also aired the event in a separate telecast with its own studio hosts. (Rounds 2-5, held Thursday, will air on MLB Network and ESPN2.) That’s given the 2020 draft a larger media platform than any of its predecessors – a necessary step toward approaching the spectacle of the NFL, NBA and NHL events.Of course, everything is weird right now, in sports and in society. When the NFL held its draft in April, commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t hand over a single jersey because he was sitting in the basement of his home. The stripped-down event unsurprisingly shattered its previous record for television ratings. It was the closest thing to a live North American sporting event anyone had seen since the Covid-19 shutdown began.Little has changed in the last six weeks. In that regard, baseball couldn’t have picked a better time to hold a draft. The last two months have given us Zoom calls in which fans join players face to face. We’ve seen players square off against each other in their own “MLB The Show” league. We haven’t seen actual baseball games since spring training was postponed, but we’ve seen what the sport can produce with ample time to experiment.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The draft is no exception. If you tuned in for the first time, you learned it’s shorter than any previous draft – a mere five rounds compared to the usual 40. (There’s nothing sacred about 40. The first draft, in 1965, lasted 26 rounds. In 1969, the draft lasted 90 rounds.) Ostensibly that’s because drafted players have no place to play; ordinarily they would report to a minor-league affiliate after signing a contract. There’s still some question among teams about where to send their new draftees. This is a more manageable problem when drafting five players instead of 40.The first five rounds naturally produce the best, and the most, future major leaguers. But if the absence of other sporting events made this year’s draft more compelling, other forces are acting in the opposite direction.For one, there hasn’t been a single NCAA baseball game since March 12. The road to the College World Series is littered with future stars, many of whom enjoy weeks on national television in May and June to preview their talents. Among the 21 four-year college players chosen in the first round in 2019, seven played in the College World Series.MLB wisely sought to capitalize on this by moving the 2020 draft from Secaucus to Omaha, the site of the College World Series. The draft was supposed to last 40 rounds, ending Friday. The College World Series was supposed to begin Saturday.Then the coronavirus happened.last_img read more