Players, coaches and teams have stepped up during the past week to help out during the coronavirus pandemic and the latest to make a generous donation is Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Wednesday that Heyward is donating $200,000 to coronavirus relief in the city of Chicago.
What a great gesture by Heyward. Just a great dude all around.
On Tuesday, MLB announced that each team is setting up a $1 million relief fund for stadium employees.
After the CDC recommended restricting events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, MLB announced that it would further delay Opening Day. As of now, the earliest baseball will resume is in the middle of May, although several baseball insiders believe it might not happen until June. Really, there’s no certainty about anything right now. Just have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday morning there haven’t been any Cubs players or employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
So far two minor league players in the Yankees organization and a Reds employee living in Arizona have been the only MLB-related cases of the coronavirus.
Anthony Rizzo is also helping raise money through his charity.
And speaking of Rizzo, he’s only one of 15 players or so who are reportedly still in Arizona for the Cubs according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.
One team official estimated as many as 25 of the 39 players still officially part of big-league camp were still in town on Sunday, but that the number was down to 15 or so by Tuesday.
Craig Kimbrel, Kyle Schwarber, Jason Kipnis, David Bote, Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish are the other main players still in camp as of Tuesday along with Rizzo.
670 The Score is going to air its broadcast of the 2016 Cubs World Series run starting April 1.
On TV, if you have the Marquee Sports Network, then you’ll get to watch the Cubs 2016 postseason run, beginning tonight.
And some more Cubs content to fill the void.