CHICAGO (670 The Score) – Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, who serves as his team’s union player representative, has a good understanding of the challenges that will lie ahead for clubs as they compete in an MLB playoff bubble in Texas and southern California come October.
So much so that he compared one part of the health protocols in the environment to a zoo.
“If you look at some of the protocols, there’s some wording in there (about) having to ask for permission to go on a walk," Happ said. "That feels more like a zoo animal than a baseball player or human ... There’s a lot of those challenges that guys are going to face.”
Such is life when competing amid the coronavirus pandemic and with MLB knowing it can’t afford to have an outbreak and health problems during the playoffs, which have expanded to a 16-team format. MLB and the MLB Players’ Association have been hashing out strict rules and regulations that players and any family members who join them will have to follow.
"To ensure everyone's safety and protect them from traveling all over the country, that is the right thing to do,” Happ said. “It’s the best way to get the playoffs in. As long as the league is accommodating, it’s what everyone is dealing with. There is no home-field advantage for either side.
“There has been a lot of back and forth between the two groups. Families were