Another day without sports, another day without much activity, but at least for most of us another day spent with our families at home at night. The same can’t be said for a group of foreign born minor league players who are essentially stranded. Camp is closed, can’t fly home, it is bleak.
He’ll be in more comfortable digs than the minor league guys, I’d imagine, but Hyun-Jin Ryu is staying in Florida, unable to return home.
Words are powerful things. Once the words “national emergency” are spoken by the federal government, MLB has the ability to suspend pay to all players. This is a clause in every major league contract and the US declared a national emergency this week.
Not quite the struggle countless working families and small business owners are facing, but the pinch is hitting everyone in the wallet.
A potentially huge story we will cover closely as it develops is the chaos this shutdown will create with the draft. MLB is faced with a no win, no easy way out scenario. Stay tuned for more detailed analysis from the team at CtPG.
On the positive side, if/when MLB ramps back up several players currently on the mend could be back to game speed. Most notably, Shohei Ohtani could pitch from Day One of the 2020 season.
Miles Mikolas is throwing again.
Chris Sale is also throwing again but could face surgery if he feels discomfort.
And when/if that season gets going, what does having fewer games mean to playoff odds? Very fun read and it bodes well for the Angels. I could take the numbers a step further and say fewer games and a healthy Ohtani from the start could limit the exposure of some of our depth pieces.
Finally, the new ballpark in Arlington received its finishing touches and will be ready for Opening Day, whenever that is.