Pittsburgh Pirates News: Team President Travis Williams Tests Positive


The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had many incidents regarding players contracting Covid-19.  Apparently the team President has tested positive for the virus.

Everyone has been tested by the current state of our World.  Everything has changed and Major League Baseball is just one example of people trying to get things back to normal as much as possible.  The return of baseball, and sports in general, has helped provide some entertainment and a distraction to the new trials of everyday life. Even the Pittsburgh Pirates have seen a boost in their ratings despite a poor record.

However, even Major League Baseball is still working through some of the bumps in the road that have popped up due to Covid-19.  Before the season started the league saw several players and staff members test positive for the virus.  Once Summer Camp got underway and players started to understand what needed to be done, the league saw numbers drop.

Of course, this did not last long,  Once the teams started to play games and travel to other cities things started to worsen.  Teams like the Cardinals, Marlins, and Indians had players break protocol, with the Cardinals and Marlins actually having players contract the virus.  This has not only affected the teams but has causes a disruption in many teams already crammed schedules.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of those teams that have been affected by the team’s not following protocol.

The Bucs have had two series postponed already, with those games coming against the Cardinals and the Reds.  The good news is that despite the Bucs being around those teams they did not have any players contract the virus.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had any players test positive for the virus since the season has started.  However, the organization did announce that new team President Travis Williams has in fact tested positive for Covid-19.  The Pittsburgh Pirates announced this today:

"Pirates president Travis Williams has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday morning.The Pirates have conducted contact tracing to identify anyone Williams may have come in contact with, but he said he was not around any of Pittsburgh’s players, coaches or baseball operations staff because the team had been on the road from Thursday until Sunday, followed by an off-day Monday in Pittsburgh."

Travis Williams seems to be doing well and actually spoke with the media today on a video call.  Here is what he had to say regarding the whole process:

"“I am on the road to recovery. In the meantime, I wanted to use my diagnosis as another reminder that we are all susceptible,” Williams said. “It is critical we all follow CDC guidelines and state mandates, and have a heightened sense of self awareness in order to protect each other. We all must do our part to get through this pandemic together.”"

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The good news is Williams is recovering at home, which means he is likely showing signs of improvement.  The other good news is that he followed the protocols in place to make sure that everyone in the organization would remain as safe as possible.  Hopefully, Travis will continue to recover and nothing more escalates in the organization.