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“Why would you not want to listen to health experts right now?” Maddon said. “I’ve got an 87-year-old mother. A lot of us have people that are a little bit older that are at higher risk. Why would you not want to be a benefit to those people by adhering to the rules?”Maddon also said people should try to take advantage of the opportunity they have to “take this respite” and “figure out some things about themselves.” He said people can use technology to keep in touch with each other, even while not being physically together.“There’s gonna be some positives extrapolated from this,” Maddon said. “I hope that we’re going to come together, unity-wise, as a group of people because of this.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maddon said he has heard nothing about any Angels players or staff coming down with any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.Although the Angels’ spring-training complex in Tempe and Angel Stadium are open for players to work out individually, Maddon said he doesn’t think there has been much of any baseball activity.“Pitchers will grab a catcher and throw their 60 feet, 6 inches, which definitely falls within the barriers (of social distancing),” Maddon said. “They’ll do their running on their own. There’s a lot you can do on your own. It’s all there. Even to the point of having guys throw against the wall.”While players are on their own, Maddon has essentially quarantined himself with his wife, Jaye, in their luxury recreational vehicle.Maddon said he’s been taking two-mile bike rides around the RV park, cooking in his crock pot and watching replays of old games on MLB Network. Maddon said he got a kick out of a recent replay of the iconic George Brett “pine tar game” in 1983 and shot Bud Black a text when he saw him playing for the Kansas City Royals in that game.Maddon said he’s gotten out to the grocery store a few times.“In and out,” he said. “I’ve been able to get what I need. I hope folks get over the hoarding and realize there is plenty for everybody.”Maddon, 66, also delivered a message that he hopes people will take serious precautions to prevent the spread of this virus, which most seriously affects the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “Everybody would be champing at the bit so much that nobody is going to complain about anything,” Maddon said.Maddon said he’d also be in favor of the sport returning with games in empty stadiums if it got baseball back more quickly.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that no events with at least 50 people take place through at least May 10 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Considering the teams would need some time to prepare, the likely beginning of regular-season games is even later.“I believe this season’s gonna be played,” Maddon said. “I believe that it may not incorporate a full 162 (games), but I believe we will play a pretty full major-league season.”For now, though, the baseball world remains dark. Maddon remained in Arizona after the spring-training shutdown, but he has had scant contact with any Angels players. He said the ones who live in Arizona remain there, and the ones who live in Southern California have returned there. The rest, he said, have scattered around the country to their offseason homes. Shohei Ohtani, who continues to rehab as a pitcher, remains in Arizona, but he will be traveling back to Southern California soon. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When the baseball season finally starts – and Joe Maddon is confident that it will eventually – he sees this truncated season as an opportunity.The Angels manager said Major League Baseball could try all manner of experiments or enhancements to the game once it returns from the COVID-19 virus shutdown.“I think it’s a perfect time for MLB to incorporate different methods that traditionalists such as myself have been banging against,” Maddon said on a conference call Wednesday morning.For example, Maddon said the 20-second clock between pitches could be installed, or the international extra-inning rule of starting an inning with a runner at second base. He said players could be mic’d up during games, just as they have been during the All-Star Game or exhibition games.