St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Andrew Miller said Sunday that it is not a “slam dunk” that the 2020 season will occur.
The 35-year-old Miller served on the players’ union committee during the recent negotiations with club owners so he is well versed on the health and safety issues.
He’s also pointed out that he studied the coronavirus figures and doesn’t like what he sees.
“Absolutely. I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” Miller told reporters on a video teleconference after a Sunday workout in St. Louis. “We’re here, but I’m from Florida — I read my local (information) every day and I think we’re over 10,000 cases again. By no means is this a slam dunk.
“We’re trying. We’re going to give it our best effort. But for me to sit here and say 100 percent I think would be a lie.”
Miller said players will have to be extra diligent in their behavior as well as their clubhouse conduct. He also feels expanded testing was important for everyone’s health and safety.
“If this is going to work, if Major League Baseball is going to have a season it’s going to because players have been responsible, and staff,” Miller said. “I don’t want to be the one that brings down a season.”
Later, Miller emphasized that players bear the responsibility of protecting the “bubble” — the space teams are creating around players and staff in an effort to protect them from potential coronavirus exposure.
“If guys don’t take this seriously, I don’t know if this is going to work,” Miller said. “There’s (also) going to be a little bit of luck.”
Miller, a two-time All-Star, is beginning his second season with the Cardinals and went 5-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 73 appearances last season. Overall, he is 54-54 with a 4.02 ERA in 556 appearances (66 starts) with seven teams over the past 14 seasons.
Also on Sunday, the Cardinals announced that infielder Elehuris Montero tested positive for COVID-19. The club said Montero is asymptomatic and was placed in isolation.
St. Louis revealed Saturday that left-handed pitchers Genesis Cabrera and Ricardo Sanchez tested positive for COVID-19.