Eric Thames weighs in on MLB’s ‘terrible’ summer training
Some MLB players are definitely struggling to adapt to the new rules and expectations that come with a mid-pandemic summer camp. Washington Nationals outfielder Eric Thames is one of them.
Thames said summer camp has been “terrible,” citing the various social distancing rules implemented by the league to reduce the likelihood of the virus being transmitted.
Just asked Eric Thames how eight or so days of summer training have been. He wasted no time before saying: "It's terrible."
He cited rules against eating protein bars in the dugout, celebrating w/ teammates, throwing the ball around the horn and keeping it in play after.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 11, 2020
Thames is probably not alone in his feelings. Other players have said some of the expectations are simply unrealistic, and the behaviors are so habitual that they’ll be hard to break.
Thames batted is in his first season with Washington after batting .247/.346/.505 with 25 home runs last season for Milwaukee.