At long last the Spring of our discontent is over and the Boys of Summer are slated to return. Hallelujah.
But how will the game look once it restarts? Different, but the same. At least for now as MLB and MLBPA included substantial language in the safety protocols allowing for them to be amended as new data on Covid-19 emerges.
Sorry to double dip from the same source, but one idea is to follow other sports and put MLB athletes into some sort of bubble. The bubble concept has been tried in boxing for a few weeks now and guys keep testing positive.
Baseball players testing positive is a mathematical certainty. What happens when they do? There’s no blanket policy for that in the 101 pages of safety guidelines. Each team is responsible for creating their own path as long as it includes isolation, tracing, and testing.
Maybe it’s just me, but that would have been page 1 in my guidelines.
Fresh on the heels of the Angels announcing a likely six man rotation, Jerry Dipoto steals the idea for our rivals up north. He also signed his first round draft pick. If only he could’ve made a trade to complete his day.
Jerry won’t have to wait long as clubs are now open for business. Fangraphs has a list of guys who should be signed. A few familiar names, maybe an arm or two who can help.
Plenty of first round draft picks have been signed, but Reid Detmers and the Angels still have not come to terms. The good news is the Angels have the ability to pay full slot value without incurring draft penalties.
Baseball being back mean’s the Texas Rangers new ballpark can finally open. The inside looks nice and I’m sure the home crowd will appreciate the roof, but that exterior is getting justifiably blasted. The reality vs. what was promised in the drawings is on level with online dating profiles.
The Angels are at .500 with a healthy Ohtani and 60 games left to go. You go into every year hoping your team is in it down the final stretch. For the first time in MLB history, every one will be.