Is this the safest schedule MLB could put together? Experts are split

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Dr. Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, said the MLB travel protocol appeared reasonable.

"Every time you travel could add some risk," Binney said. "But we haven't been able to trace any outbreaks back to planes. Not one. So, if you're somewhat spread out and wearing masks, and the plane -- like most planes -- is equipped with HEPA (high-efficiency) filters that can filter out the virus when the air circulates, the additional risk may not be that high for spread within the team."

Binney agreed with the logic of not keeping players in the same hotel room for five or six days.

"The biggest concern is the time you're spending in the market," he said. "There's more chances for somebody to get feisty and leave the hotel, for example, and then spread the disease from one market to another.

"If you think you can keep them in the hotel for three days twice, I think I would trade a plane trip for that."

Angels manager Joe Maddon said the team must "secure our perimeter," including plane rides and hotel stays, but said he is confident the league's travel plans have been "well thought out."


Said Maddon : "I have to have confidence. I have to believe that. If I don't believe that, then don't do this. Either you believe it or you don't, and I do."

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