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Play Ball? 2020 and the MLB Season

 
 
Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2020 07:36 am
MLBPA, owners clear final hurdles; players set to report to camps July 1

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If it can, MLB in 2020 will look radically different:

Teams will play their four divisional opponents 10 times and each of the five interleague opponents in the same geographical area four games apiece.

The National League will use a designated hitter.

In extra innings, teams will begin with a runner on second base.

The trade deadline will be Aug. 31, less than a month before the regular season is scheduled to end.

Rosters will start at 30 men for the first two weeks then go to 28 for the next two weeks and stay at 26 for the remainder of the season.

Teams will have a taxi squad that allows them to have as many as 60 players available to play in major league games.

There will be a COVID-19 injured list with no minimum or maximum length of time spent on it, while standard injured list stints will be for 10 days and the typical 60-day stint will instead be for 45 days.



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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2020 10:00 am
@tsarstepan,
Bizarre rules, particularly extra innings with a man on 2nd base. WTF.

Good to see NL using the DH, though.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2020 11:43 am
@Ragman,
They explain that it's a handicap against extra innings or overly long games. That it's to help prevent overly exerting and exhausting the players to that kind of degree.
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2020 11:53 am
@tsarstepan,
Argh, the humanity! Worst tragedy since the Hindenburg exploded.

What they should’ve done is used a damned pitch stopwatch ...say limited to 30 seconds tops for each pitch. That’ll move the game along.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2020 11:59 am
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:

Argh, the humanity! Worst tragedy since the Hindenburg exploded.

Did you forget that we're in the middle of a pandemic and small changes like this help mitigate the players' risks (if to a small degree)?

I don't know why they don't bring in the pitch clock other than the players union.

MLB reportedly offers to postpone pitch clock until 2022
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 24 Jun, 2020 12:03 pm
@tsarstepan,
Kidding..
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 05:44 am
@Ragman,

what's the over-under on when somebody breaks the "no spitting" rule?

old habits are hard to break...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:02 am

from today's globe...


https://i.imgur.com/7tVus6Y.jpg
jespah
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 07:29 am
@Region Philbis,
Hopefully the ban finally gets chewing tobacco out of the majors for good.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 11:58 am
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:

Bizarre rules, particularly extra innings with a man on 2nd base. WTF.

Good to see NL using the DH, though.


The extra innings - sounds like little league or youth softball rules.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2020 03:09 pm
@Linkat,
https://imgur.com/soQv2e6.jpg
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 5 Jul, 2020 09:07 am
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Players who have tested positive for COVID-19

Willians Astudillo, C, Minnesota Twins

Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies

Genesis Cabrera, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Luis Cessa, RHP, New York Yankees

Edwar Colina, RHP, Minnesota Twins

Delino Deshields Jr., OF, Cleveland Indians

Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins

Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP, Boston Red Sox

Pete Kozma, INF, Atlanta Braves

DJ LeMahieu, INF, New York Yankees

Brett Martin, LHP, Texas Rangers

Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals

Tommy Pham, OF, San Diego Padres

Ricardo Sanchez, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Will Smith, LHP, Atlanta Braves

Josh Taylor, LHP, Boston Red Sox

Touki Toussaint, RHP, Atlanta Braves

Players who have voluntarily opted out of 2020 season

Ian Desmond, OF, Colorado Rockies

Felix Hernandez, RHP, Atlanta Braves

Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

David Price, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Joe Ross, RHP, Washington Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals
(source)
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2020 05:17 pm

so they're playing in Flushing Meadows tonight...

https://i.imgur.com/ZvgaOi1.jpg

yeah, those are cardboard cutouts sitting in the expensive seats... Rolling Eyes
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 23 Jul, 2020 02:59 pm

MLB players union OKs playoff expansion for 2020

The Major League Baseball Players Association has agreed to a plan to expand the
playoffs to 16 teams for the 2020 season, sources told ESPN's Marly Rivera.

A playoff expansion still needs the final approval of MLB owners, sources said.

All second-place teams in the six divisions will qualify for the playoffs, sources said.
Then the seventh and eigth teams in both leagues will be chosen by best record
among other teams.

Sources said an important aspect for the players was player and family housing and
access to the stadium during the playoffs.

If a 16-team format is adopted, it would include a televised postseason-seeding
show in which top-seeded teams pick their first-round opponents...
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 25 Jul, 2020 09:12 am
@Region Philbis,
Bronx BP Unloads On Trump’s Yankee Stadium Visit, Calling Out Bombers For Inviting A “White Supremacist”
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President Donald Trump's first-ever visit to the Bronx as commander-in-chief next month, where he's expected to throw the first pitch at a Yankees game, is being met with sharp ire from the Borough President, who unloaded a gut-punching critique that called out the Bronx Bombers.

An incensed Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.--who is expected to retire from politics in a year and a half--released a scathing statement over the Yankees decision to invite Trump, whom Diaz called a "white supremacist" that's to be blamed for the current mood of the country and his response to the COVID-19 pandemic that's been widely panned.

"Many local workers have lost their jobs – including those small businesses right next door to Yankee Stadium. Roughly 150,000 Americans, including nearly 4,000 Bronxites, have died due to COVID-19," said Diaz. "The Yankees would be better served by honoring them and their families rather than a president whose bluster and incompetence utterly failed to restrain the pandemic."

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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jul, 2020 11:04 am

Two MLB games postponed after Marlins' coronavirus outbreak

The Marlins' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles is off, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies
home game against the New York Yankees.

Miami just completed a series in Philadelphia, and seven more players and two coaches with the
Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. An outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse
and brought the total cases in recent days to at least 13, sources familiar with the situation told
ESPN's Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers.

MLB said the games were postponed while the league conducts more testing...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jul, 2020 02:19 pm

MLB postpones all Marlins games through August 2nd

MLB announced that Miami's next six games, starting with Tuesday night's home game
against the Baltimore Orioles, have been postponed, citing the belief that "it is most
prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and
planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week..."
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 01:16 pm
@Region Philbis,
That’s the ballgame,Teddy!
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 01:39 pm
@Ragman,

yeah.

if they can't make baseball work, i don't see much hope for the other three major sports...
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 01:43 pm
@Region Philbis,
NFL is having and will be having similar types of problems. I can’t imagine the seasons without baseball or NFL football. Used to feel that way about basketball and hockey but so much anymore. Lots of teams might not survive a shutdown if the season stops .
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