This Thursday sure feels like a Friday. Hope you and your family are safe and ready to celebrate America’s birthday safely.
Players began reporting to Spring Training 2.0 yesterday, undergoing a battery of health checks both routine and new. Players will undergo temperature checks, Covid-19 tests, and Covid antibody tests. This data will confirm how prevalent the virus is/has been in MLB but the league is still bracing for the inevitable positive tests down the road.
Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovoy has already battled Covid-19 and tells a pretty chilling story.
Assuming the season does get going, super prospects getting called up will wait until July 29th. in order for clubs to gain an extra year of salary control. That’s right, an entire 5 days off the roster gets teams an entire extra year. I know this was linked yesterday, but the math wasn’t spelled out. I’m sure this is going to sit well with MLBPA once new CBA negotiations begin.
Baseball will function as never before. Fangraphs does a great job of breaking down how this 2020 season will operate. I’ll bookmark it and reference it as the season progresses, for sure.
ESPN chimes in with their own primer, focusing more on the day to day operations of players and teams.
Meanwhile our friends in Korea have been playing a fun brand of baseball for almost two months now (I’m watching games via the ESPN app in my office and it is keeping me somewhat sane.) Plans to allow fans back into games is being pushed back but is on the radar. A fan can dream.
Socially distanced lines into the ballpark will make getting to the game at 5 a necessity. Dodger fans showing up in the third inning will get into the ballpark at the time they are usually leaving it.
It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without enjoying this great scene from one of my all time favorite films.