We're mere hours from Major League Baseball trotting out the big guns for a made-for-television schedule release in which each team will be tasked with times and dates for 60 games to be played by the end of summer. But it doesn't take the most observant person on planet to notice that the sport is having a bit of trouble doing the basic stuff required to begin even practicing for the regular season.
Already today, the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have canceled workouts while they await the results of COVID tests they took last Friday. This comes on the heels of the Oakland Athletics waiting in vain for theirs and the Los Angeles Angels not even getting a scheduled visit from testers.
The COVID testing procedure appears broken. And while some of that can be attributed to newness and routine early-process hiccups, it certainly does not portend good things for the future. Remember, this is all happening at time when the teams are relatively static. There are no road trips to deal with. There are no tight turnaround times for getaway days.