LIDOM adds dates to its regular season as a result of COVID-19

LIDOM announces the extension of its regular season for three days, as a result of game suspensions due to the COVID-19 outbreaks and due to the bad weather that affected the first weeks of the Dominican winter baseball championship

Match suspensions caused by outbreaks of COVID-19 detected within Tigres del Licey Y Giants of the CibaoAs well as the bad weather that manifested itself in the Dominican Republic during the first weeks of its winter baseball tournament, they produced a complicated situation for the regular series game schedule, which was initially scheduled to end on December 20.

Given the number of games that are still pending, the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) He decided to extend the dates of his regular series schedule, which from now on will be played until December 23. This adds three previously unscheduled days to allow Tigers Y Giants They can play 17 pending commitments in the next 15 days.

The matches that will be played on the three new dates will not include Lions of the Chosen One, because everything indicates that they will be the only team that will culminate its regular series game schedule on the date initially set.

Starting December 21, two games will be played daily to complete the schedule, all involving Licey O Giants. That day the Tigers will travel to San Pedro de Macorís to face Eastern Stars, while the Giants of the Cibao will receive in San Francisco de Macorís the Bulls of the East.

On December 22, the Tigers will play as locals against the Aguilas Cibaeñas and the Giants they will receive at Eastern Stars and on December 23, the Licey will receive the whole of San Pedro de Macorís, while the Giants will travel to La Romana and face the Bulls of the East.

Additionally, both Tigers as Giants They will have two days of double cards. The blues will play two home games against the Aguilas Cibaeñas on Friday, December 11 and two more games, also at home, against the Eastern Stars during Friday 18.

On his side, the Giants they will have two meetings receiving at Eastern Stars On December 11 and 18 they will travel to La Romana and will face the Bulls of the East.


Multiple cases of COVID-19 in Gigantes del Cibao

According to sources, the Gigantes del Cibao would be the second team affected by multiple positive cases of COVID-19 in winter baseball in the Dominican Republic

Sources linked to Giants of the Cibao informed ESPN that the team would be affected by at least six positive cases of COVID-19. Additionally, it is estimated that another four cases could be confirmed within the next few hours, however, the team is conducting new PCR tests to confirm.

The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Edward Guzmán, confirmed the news in the Big in Sports space. “The Giants had several positives, they do not reach seven. Today new PCR tests are being carried out,” said the official.

The information comes to light in the middle of the first outbreak of consideration within the championship of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM). At least five cases of COVID-19 in Tigres del Licey by your general manager, Junior Noboa. If confirmed that Giants of the Cibao has multiple cases in its ranks, it would be the second team with multiple positives for the virus, thus LIDOM could be forced to suspend matches.

In this situation, the teams that have played matches against Giants of the Cibao (Águilas Cibaeñas and Leones del Escogido) must initiate a contact tracing phase, in order to establish which of their players were exposed for the longest time to the players who have allegedly tested positive, according to the health protocol against COVID-19 implemented by the LIDOM.

For the championship LIDOM it would be a hard blow to stop with only four games played, since it has already been affected by multiple game suspensions due to inclement weather.

According to the president of LIDOM, Vitelio Mejía, the league’s health protocol has been structured in such a way that, in the event of multiple cases of the virus appearing within any of the teams, they can be detected and isolated effectively to prevent its spread. Additionally, an expanded roster of 38 players has been created, made up of the active players who act each day and a group of reserve baseball players who have to undergo the same protocols as the starters and replace them in case of positive cases. .

ESPN has made efforts to obtain a reaction from the management of Giants of the Cibao, without so far they have wanted to refer to the situation.


multiple positives to COVID-19 in LIDOM

Multiple sources informed ESPN Digital that the Tigres del Licey would have at least five positive for COVID-19 to start the season

The first challenge against COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) apparently it has been introduced. After only 29 positive cases out of approximately 4,300 PCR tests performed, one of the teams from LIDOM has multiple players infected with the virus.

As confirmed to ESPN sources of full credits, at least five cases of COVID-19 have been detected within the roster of one of the teams that make up the LIDOM. These sources established that the positives occurred during the last group of tests, but that due to the possibilities of false positives, LIDOM I wanted to redo the tests to ensure the results. Despite the investigations carried out, the sources did not want to confirm which team it is, but all the information obtained by ESPN point towards Tigres del Licey.

In case the news is confirmed by the league and by Tigres del LiceyIt would be the first time that a significant outbreak has occurred so far this season.

According to the protocols, players who test positive at any point in the season should be placed under medical observation. The separation periods from the team are not established directly by the health protocol, but if the fact that they are Tigres del Licey they separated Yermin Mercedes for fourteen days after violating the protocol, the possibilities that the same term will be applied to those supposedly infected.

In the event players testing positive for the virus are found to have violated the protocols in place, the LIDOM it could impose sanctions against each of them.

ESPN tried to contact the management of the Tigres del Licey to confirm the information without having made any statements about it so far.