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Our Noticias, 5/13/20: Jack McKeon ain’t afraid of no virus

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Fearless McKeon enters eighth decade in baseball

Disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the elderly population has been advised to take extra precautions to avoid getting the infection themselves. But Marlins legend Jack McKeon tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that he’s determined to spend another season involved with America’s pastime.

“This is not going to end my career,” the 89-year-old McKeon says. “It might end the year. I’m not going to retire. I’m too young to retire.”

In late 2017, when the Derek Jeter ownership group parted ways with McKeon—who was a longtime front office advisor under the previous regime—he accepted a talent evaluation role with the Nationals. His responsibilities would be far different than last season, however, because of the potential cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball schedule.

During the delayed season, Trader Jack and his wife are settled in North Carolina.

Walk-off links

  • Baseball America national writer Carlos Collazo joins Ian Smith and Luis Davila on Earning Their Stripes for a preview of the 2020 MLB Draft.