This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
Players might be back in camp, but that doesn't remotely mean that everything has gone back to normal. Scroll through the list of recent news on this website, and you'll see a long list of players testing positive for COVID-19 and players absent from camp, potentially due to COVID-19, interspersed with reports on Masahiro Tanaka's health after he got struck in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton liner. Thankfully, he's been discharged from the hospital and is no longer experiencing concussion symptoms, but altogether it's hardly been the celebratory atmosphere we might have expected with players returning to camp.
Every indication seems to be that this round of negative news and positive tests was to be expected, however, and that the season will forge on with players and teams taking as many precautions as reasonably possible to remain as safe as they can at a time in which nothing is fundamentally safe in this country. And as long as there's an MLB season, there will be an MLB Barometer.
I love sports in large part due to their ability to help us escape the concerns of the rest of the world, but that's unfortunately not going to be possible for the next few months, as leagues attempt to return mid-pandemic rather than effectively post-pandemic as has been the case elsewhere in the world. An uncomfortably large number of risers and fallers this week and presumably for quite some time will be coronavirus-related, because that's unfortunately what the majority of