MLB GM Meetings Cancelled Amidst Virus Concerns in Arizona

Published 11/09/2023, 4:14 AM EST

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MLB offseason is experiencing a sudden threat. Since the free agency started, the GM meetings have been going on frequently. While everything was on the right track until Wednesday, something unexpected happened today morning. The latest meeting faced an unknown threat that affected a significant percentage of the presented GMs. Therefore, the MLB authorities instantly cancelled everything.

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General Managers meetings are a regular event during the offseason. The meetings have been arranged in Arizona this season. While Scottsdale was surrounded by the names of different players, suddenly, everything took a turn. A virus concern put everything on hold.

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Suddenly, 10% officials in attendance have been detected with an undetermined stomach ailment with the same sickness and symptoms. Recently, Stephanie Apstein, a reporter for Sports Illustrated, has taken this thing to social media to highlight that the reason behind it is not the food poisoning.

The issue started with Tuesday’s lunch buffet. That’s what most sources suspect. Authorities thought it was food poisoning initially. But as it started affecting more people present at the event, things took a different turn. This morning, Apstein came with another vital update. She wrote, “It’s definitely a virus, not food poisoning, and as a result MLB has canceled the rest of the meetings.”

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The reasons for the illness or how it is spreading are not clear. The type of illness is also uncertain, but the report says it could be an “infectious norovirus.” The suspicion is not baseless. The only common link among the sick people was the Tuesday’s lunch buffet. So, when no one else got affected since Wednesday, the authorities thought it was food poisoning. But, shockingly, some sick persons reported that they were not part of the suspected lunch buffet. However, the MLB authorities took extra precautions to prevent further issues.

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MLB Arranges Further Hygienic Food Preparation

Though the MLB authorities were silent about this issue, they didn’t take it lightly. Per the report, they have asked the food suppliers of the event to take more caution while making and serving food. The report says, the authorities asked them to “wear masks and gloves on Wednesday and barred executives from serving themselves.”

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The unknown virus has affected almost all the team’s officials. So, the league as further precautions, asked them to report illnesses so officials could track the outbreak, and offered assistance from the Diamondbacks’ team doctors. Fortunately, Brian Cashman was not on the list, as he skipped the buffet. But his staff is still suffering from it.

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Antara Bhattacharyya

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Antara Bhattacharyya is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. With a graduation degree in English literature from a reputed institution, she has been actively involved in content writing for quite some time. Her love for sports writing dates back to her college days, and today, she has cemented her place with astute coverage of Major League Baseball.
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