The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. ”The issue is being addressed,” Jack O’Connell, longtime secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, said Wednesday. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton this week told The Associated Press they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players.
Hottovy, 38, is a recent big-leaguer in athletic shape with no pre-existing conditions to suggest he would have had a severe reaction to the coronavirus. Instead his case included six consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures, viral pneumonia, a trip to the hospital, feelings of depression, painful, sleepless nights and continual testing that didn’t produce a negative until the 30th day after showing symptoms.