Baltimore Orioles News: Updates on Draft, Chicken, and Testing
While the re-run Baltimore Orioles and other MLB games are soothing the ache a bit, not having sports is tough.
Even though the Baltimore Orioles players are hanging out home, just like the rest of us. However, things are happening. Let’s catch up on a few.
The conversations about the Orioles and the MLB involves the draft, COVID-testing, and oddly – chicken.
Orioles and the Draft
Despite the shortened season, the MLB Draft is expected to happen, some time between June 10 and July 20. With the Orioles losing 2019 season, the team gets the second pick. Sadly, the season finished with a record of 54-108. The sad part was that one team, the Detroit Tigers, finished with an even worse record: 47-114.
According to several sources, including Todd Karpovich with Forbes, Mike Elias is expected to pick an infielder or a pitcher. The expectation is Vanderbilt infielder Austin Martin, who would have played his junior year at third base this season.
In the 2019 draft, the Orioles picked Adley Rutschman, cementing their preferences for highly ranked catchers. If the 2020 draft goes as expected, the Orioles will have four picked in the top 75. Hopefully, someone will get a few who will make it to the Show.
Orioles and Chicken
On Monday, the Orioles – under the direction of Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde – donated over 600 meals Chick-fil-A to workers at Baltimore’s MedStar Harbor Hospital. The meals were delivered to workers in both the day and night shifts.
MLB and Antibody Testing
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A few days ago, the MLB announced that players, families, and staff will help researches by doing a COVID-19 antibodies test. The test is coordinated through Stanford, USC, and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory. The MLB was asked to help with the testing because there is such a wide age range among players and staffs.
According to an article by Marc Topkin in the Tampa Bay Times, the test is a simple finger-prick test. He interviewed Tom Zimmer, a scouts for the San Francisco Giants, who explained how easy the test is. Zimmer said: “Just prick your finger and drop a little blood with a tool they give you mixed with a couple of drops of some solution into this little measuring device. It runs through the device and you wait 10 minutes.”
Unfortunately, this test is not meant to speed up the return of baseball. It is simply designed to give the researchers some data about antibodies, which is an easy way of saying immunoglobulin, or proteins produced by the immune system that help the body fight a disease or infection.