MLB Back to Bat? What We're Watching Tuesday

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MLB is considering returning to the diamond by May, New York saw its largest increase in daily deaths so far, and Forbes released the 2020 list of richest sports owners. These are the biggest stories in sports and business Tuesday. 

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union is eyeing a return to the diamond by May and US public health officials have signed off on that premise. But the MLB has come out and said they don’t necessarily have an exact plan in place just yet. 

MLB to Return in May?

MLB released a statement that reads: While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials, or the Players Association. One of those plans includes having all 30 teams play in one centralized location in and around the Phoenix Arizona area which includes Chase Field which is the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium, plus other facilities including some spring training locations. No fans would be allowed into the stadiums.

Big factor in baseball getting back on the field is securing COVID-19 testing kits for all players and team personnel with rapid results.

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Latest on the Coronavirus

 A look at the coronavirus worldwide.There are over 1.3 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 75,000 deaths.

The U.S. has the highest amount of cases, with over 368,000 and over 10,000 deaths.
Spain has over 140,000 cases, with over 13,700 deaths, and Italy has over 132,000 cases with over 16,000 cases. New York has over 138,000 cases, with over 5,400 deaths. That’s a 731 increase since Monday. 

So, technically, New York state has the third highest number of cases worldwide, right behind Spain and the U.S. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo also said that he spoke to President Donald Trump and that they’re going to treat COVID-19 positive patients on the USNS Comfort. The naval hospital, which is docked in NYC, was originally sent to take non-COVID cases. The bed capacity, originally, was 1,000, but due to the amount of space needed to treat COVID patients, the ship will have 500 beds available for patient use.

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Richest Team Owners in the Game 

And, finally, Forbes released its list of world’s richest sports team owners and their is a new owner sitting at Number One. Former Microsoft  (MSFT) - Get Report CEO, Steve Ballmer, is now on top as the richest owner in sports with a net worth of $52.7 billion. He is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, which before the coronavirus shut down the NBA were the favorite to win this year’s NBA Championship. 

While nearly every other owner on the list is down from a year ago, Ballmer’s wealth has gone up 28% in the last year.
Also on the list is David Tepper who owns the Carolina Panthers, we interviewed Tepper at the Super Bowl this year. And Shad Khan who came in at Number 12. Khan owns the Jacksonville Jaguars and you interviewed him on the floor of the Stock Exchange.

Sports Illustrated's Bill Enright contributed reporting to this article.

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