The Minnesota Twins became the first team to prohibit “high-risk’’ staff members from working alongside their players and coaching staff as they arrive this week for the resumption of spring training at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Veteran coaches Bob McClure, 68, and Bill Evers, 66, were informed that they will not be on the coaching staff this year because of health and safety concerns with COVID-19, the Minneapolis-Star Tribune reported. The Twins’ decision was made after examining the health histories of all of their staff members.
Twins officials were unavailable for comment Monday morning.
McClure was entering his first season as bullpen coach while Evers was entering his second season as a major league coach. They each will be paid their full salary for the season.
It will be intriguing what teams may follow suit with eight managers, including 71-year-old Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros, are 60 years or older.
Derek Falvey, Twins president of baseball operations, announced last week that they have had several players test positive for COVID-19, but none of them had been working out at Target Field. There was also a staff member who tested positive.
All players must arrive to their team’s complexes by Wednesday to undergo testing and receive clearance to play. Players and coaches will be tested for COVID-19 every other day.
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