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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10: A detail shot of the Chicago Cubs hat, glove on June 10, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

At least one MLB team cannot be blamed for the league’s failure so far

MLB’s attempt at a 60-game season amid a pandemic — while traveling cross-country as if nothing is happening — is not going according to plan.

To be fair, the plan wasn’t all that smart to begin with.

The Marlins, Phillies and Cardinals have all featured positive COVID-19 results, with Miami and St. Louis being hit most harshly. What’s more concerning is the rumors that both of these squads violated the league’s protocol in terms of team activities on road trips, with the Marlins allegedly going to a club in Atlanta, and the Cardinals reportedly hitting up a casino. Proven or not, the amount of distrust in Major League Baseball right now isn’t healthy, but evidently one team is above criticism.

The Cubs have handled MLB’s COVID-19 safety protocol with class

Teams that have seen how the Cubs are operating in a pandemic say they have it “completely buttoned up.” Not to say it will be easy to keep this record, but the Cubs are the 1 team to have ZERO Covid positives, including even on intake.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2020

We’re all human, and suggesting the Cubs can keep their record this clean is unrealistic to say the least. However, it’s a good sign that there’s at the very least one team which wants to continue playing the season, and understands the importance of following the rules and maintaining some semblance of safety during these trying times. No person is immune to COVID-19, not even a professional athlete, and if they truly want to give the general public such a distraction, maintaining social distance, staying in the team hotel and wearing a mask in public is vital to making that goal a reality.

Sure, winning a World Series during a shortened season will always come with a grain of salt, but a wasted year heading into a labor dispute isn’t promising for either the owners or the players. Despite Manfred’s insistence that the league is committed to safety and will not cancel the season, the current status quo cannot continue. The Cubs get that.

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Gold Coast fatal shooting leaves neighborhood shaken, police increase presence

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Whether on foot, horseback or on patrol, a large contingent of police officers made their presence known in the Gold Coast Wednesday.

The officers tried to allay the fears of a neighborhood still shaken up following a brazen daytime shooting that left one man dead and his two companions injured in Chicago's most upscale shopping district.

RELATED: Gold Coast shooting leaves Chicago rapper FBG Duck dead, friends say; 2 seriously hurt on Oak Street

"This was an individual who fancies himself as a rapper, but is also a member of a gang, there's been an ongoing conflict between his gang and another, he was live streaming his travels through the city and he was found," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Identified as 26-year-old Carlton Weekly, but more commonly known by the name FBG Duck, the rapper was gunned down on Oak Street just west of Michigan Avenue by four men who police said jumped out of two separate vehicles and started shooting just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The gunfire was captured by an Oak Street businesses' surveillance video.

"I was sitting in my condo and I thought it was a bomb," said Gold Coat resident Joyce Bowen.

Between July 1 to July 28 there were 160 violent crimes on Chicago's Near North Side which encompasses the Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North and Old Town, according to police

A Gold Coast resident for seven years, Bowen said she and her husband have had enough. They're moving out.

"You used to be able to walk the neighborhood freely and not just have to watch behind your shoulder, and now you're constantly walking and looking around at your surroundings," she said.

That's not what downtown advocates want to hear.

The pandemic has hit downtown businesses hard, what they need is more people coming in, not fewer.

"This a catch 22. Trying to bring people downtown. Trying to bring people to any district in a world pandemic. It's tough," said Kimberly Bares with the Magnificent Mile Association. "And trying to people downtown when they don't feel safe from a security perspective... it's really a double whammy."

Coincidentally, members of the Magnificent Mile Association met with the Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown regarding issues of public safety, around the time of the shooting.

They said they were promised a large increase in resources devoted to the area, which they hope will act as a deterrent, and begin to bring down this current wave of violent crime in the area.

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