On Thursday night, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on CNN and discussed the state of baseball. While a large portion of the appearance was spent talking about the protocols that must be put in place before baseball is allowed to resume, Manfred spent good while doing what is technically his job: advocating for the owners’ side of things.
Manfred says that teams could lose up to $4 billion without games, and they might lose money anyway while playing the games. It’s not a surprising stance for him to take, considering he is employed by the owners. Casual fans watching on CNN will further be persuaded against the players. Make up your own minds! =)
Meanwhile, Blake Snell says he won’t play under the current proposal. If there are enough players with a similar mindset, the season could very well not happen.
Trevor Bauer comes at Manfred with a rather nuanced analogy: illustrating himself as a painter painting houses. I seem to like this analogy, if only the paint was toxic and had a small chance of killing the painter. Do you agree or disagree with Bauer’s analogy?
The final segment of the Jon Bois Dorktown series on the Seattle Mariners is out! I’m sure it’s fantastic.
($$) Eno Sarris lists out potential aces and the criteria to label a pitcher an ace. It surprises absolutely no one that the Angels have no one on this list.
Prince Fielder might be the player who gets paid the most in 2020. Zack Cozart gets a reprieve for not finding a team with which to land.
Hannah Keyser opines on the future of baseball (and baseball discourse) if the universal DH is adopted.
So, it seems everything is still in flux! Baseball may return, but it also may not. Unsurprisingly, the only certainty is that fans and non-fans alike will have opinions, and those opinions are certainly valid. For those who partake, enjoy the end of The Last Dance this weekend, and have a good Saturday and Sunday!