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MLB Rangers Employees Question Safety Of Returning To Office

MLB Rangers employees following the revelation that multiple co-workers had tested positive for the coronavirus said that they "fear for their health and hope the organization will allow employees to work from home after feeling pressure to come into the office," according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. The acknowledgement of positive tests "came 10 days after the team entered a new phase of its reopening in which employees ... were urged to work at Globe Life Field." There was "never an explicit mandate" to that effect. But multiple employees said that "their managers said working from home was not an option." Passan noted "exceptions were made for some employees." Sources said that "more than 100 people work in the Rangers' executive offices and more than 200 overall are at the stadium on a daily basis." Sources also said that the "reopening of the Rangers' offices has been accelerated compared with the approach taken by other teams around baseball" (ESPN.com, 6/27).

WEAR THAT MASK: In Dallas, Evan Grant cited a source as saying that the Rangers' number of positive tests "was in the single digits." The Rangers last Friday afternoon "held a staff-wide Zoom meeting," with President of Baseball Operations & GM Jon Daniels, Exec VP/Business Operations Rob Matwick and team internist Dr. David Hunter "leading the presentation." Employees were once again "urged to wear masks in the office, an issue apparently as polarizing in the Rangers' offices as it is in the general public" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/27). THE ATHLETIC's Levi Weaver cited sources as indicating that "all employees would have testing made available to them when they return to work" today. Sources said that Hunter told employees that they were "more likely to become infected at home and bring the virus to the office than they were to catch it at the office." Hunter also told employees that social distancing was "not as important as wearing masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus" (THEATHLETIC.com, 6/26).