News, Ozark, and sourdough: How Blue Jays beat writers are keeping busy without baseball

At this point, it’s nearly impossible to find an industry or field that hasn’t been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It seemed that after Rudy Gobert’s positive diagnosis on March 12, the consumerist world shut down in phases, with North America’s four big sports leagues—NHL, MLB, NBA, and NFL—reacting immediately. All told, it’s been 42 days and counting since the last North American professional sports game was played.
While professional sports are hardly what legislative bodies and public health organizations would consider essential services, massive amounts of people, from stadium personnel to minor league athletes to team officials, among others, have lost or are in danger of losing their jobs and incomes. Perhaps one of the least talked about of these groups is members of the media, more specifically, the writers who cover the game on a day-to-day basis.
From epic long-form storytellers to everyday watchdogs, members of the media update, captivate, and present information to fans of any sport. In Toronto, Blue Jays fans have several outlets to choose from, whether it be one of the city’s three major newspapers or the alternative digital …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

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