The Cubs have named Vijay Tekchandani, director of team travel and clubhouse operation, their compliance officer for the season.
"He'll have to make sure everyone's complying (with health and safetly protocols)," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday, "and he's the perfect demeaner and perfect person for that."
Hoyer confirmed that this week Major League Baseball asked every team to appoint a compliance officer to oversee the team's implementation of health and safety protocols. The measure came after a COVID-19 outbreak spread through the Marlins organization. At least 21 Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, including 18 players.
Now, the Cardinals have had three games postponed this weekend. Three players and multiple staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 in the span of days.
"We've continued to get memos from the commissioner's office about these things," Hoyer said of health and safety protocols. "And a lot of them are based on travel. I think travel has clearly been a struggle so far when you look at the Marlins outbreak and now whatever's happening in St. Louis."
According to Hoyer, many of the compliance officers' responsibilities are related to travel. That aspect of the job also made Tekchandani a natural choice.