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Dr.G.
Feb 13th, 2020, 09:37 AM
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/mlb/mlb-announces-rule-changes-for-2020-including-3-batter-minimum/ar-BBZW5Qr?ocid=spartanntp

We will have to see if this speeds up the game time.

Rps
Feb 15th, 2020, 09:49 AM
More should follow along this line.....

https://beta.windsorstar.com/news/local-news/windsor-mp-wants-more-local-kids-swinging-for-the-fences/wcm/cdf4537f-fa17-48ff-9eb0-8c6daabfa5ae/

Rps
Feb 15th, 2020, 12:18 PM
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/mlb/mlb-announces-rule-changes-for-2020-including-3-batter-minimum/ar-BBZW5Qr?ocid=spartanntp

We will have to see if this speeds up the game time.

Iíve been studying the changes and Iím not sure. The roster size doesnít bother me. But the two way player I think is a way the NL sneaks in the DH. As for the pitching rule, I think good bye leftie reliever....but the ďend of an inningĒ piece I am wondering about...to me you could bring in a LOOGY if that out ended the inning.

As for speed of the game...replay rule needs work...if it isnít obvious in 20 secs let the call stand. I would stop managers from calling replays and have a spotter in the stands like the XFL has.

I still say once in the batters box, you stay there...unless to avoid being hit, or it is a strike. Pitch clock is fine as is. But fouling 30 balls off wastes time...that should be limited as it is in bunts.

The key here is to make the games meaning full...MLB should consider a point system...3 for a win, 1 for a tie....and....dare I say it..relegation between AAA and MLB....then you would see meaningful games.

Dr.G.
Feb 15th, 2020, 02:35 PM
Iíve been studying the changes and Iím not sure. The roster size doesnít bother me. But the two way player I think is a way the NL sneaks in the DH. As for the pitching rule, I think good bye leftie reliever....but the ďend of an inningĒ piece I am wondering about...to me you could bring in a LOOGY if that out ended the inning.

As for speed of the game...replay rule needs work...if it isnít obvious in 20 secs let the call stand. I would stop managers from calling replays and have a spotter in the stands like the XFL has.

I still say once in the batters box, you stay there...unless to avoid being hit, or it is a strike. Pitch clock is fine as is. But fouling 30 balls off wastes time...that should be limited as it is in bunts.

The key here is to make the games meaning full...MLB should consider a point system...3 for a win, 1 for a tie....and....dare I say it..relegation between AAA and MLB....then you would see meaningful games.

Interesting points to consider, Rp.

Dr.G.
Feb 16th, 2020, 10:52 AM
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/article-former-blue-jays-shortstop-tony-fernandez-dies/?fbclid=IwAR2MnxPjN6V2I61qLVnOeScp0zuAQ_bhjp0CTb4f iQw2K80th8f7bwVb9vk

Sad. Always liked him when he played for the Jays.

Rps
Feb 16th, 2020, 11:42 AM
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/article-former-blue-jays-shortstop-tony-fernandez-dies/?fbclid=IwAR2MnxPjN6V2I61qLVnOeScp0zuAQ_bhjp0CTb4f iQw2K80th8f7bwVb9vk

Sad. Always liked him when he played for the Jays.

Yes, so sad and so young. He was one of the most graceful players to take the field.

Dr.G.
Feb 16th, 2020, 12:06 PM
Yes, so sad and so young. He was one of the most graceful players to take the field.

So true, Rp. He shall be missed.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/tony-fernandez-dead-blue-jays-mlb-1.5465820?fbclid=IwAR1fXs_QUAd0_yJ5RQwq8zy3bxQw3vA QXUsWqWIAC8QHIVxSp35_hHFn1WM

Dr.G.
Feb 16th, 2020, 12:15 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/archives/we-loved-em-and-they-left-us-7-trades-that-upset-canadian-fans-1.5082708

An interesting article.

Rps
Feb 17th, 2020, 10:00 AM
I think 99ís was the most unsettling as it drew reaction from non Oiler fans as well.

I see the Braves promoted AA.....I guess he wasnít good enough for the Blue Jays.....................

Dr.G.
Feb 17th, 2020, 10:54 AM
I think 99ís was the most unsettling as it drew reaction from non Oiler fans as well.

I see the Braves promoted AA.....I guess he wasnít good enough for the Blue Jays.....................

True. I was shocked to hear that "The Great One" was headed to LA :eek::eek::eek:

eMacMan
Feb 26th, 2020, 09:38 AM
https://www.uclick.com/client/spi/tm/2020/02/26/

Dr.G.
Mar 12th, 2020, 03:36 PM
MLB delays the start of its regular season, suspends spring training games amid widespread coronavirus concerns
Major League Baseball, which was set to open its season March 26, announced its plans Thursday afternoon. The sport will delay the start of the season by at least two weeks and has suspended spring training games, according to a news release. The decision follows action from the NBA, which on Wednesday suspended its season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus, and the NHL, which suspended its season indefinitely Thursday.

Rps
Mar 12th, 2020, 04:45 PM
Yup, also no March Madness.......maybe the Olympics...but I doubt it.

Dr.G.
Mar 12th, 2020, 04:52 PM
Yup, also no March Madness.......maybe the Olympics...but I doubt it.

We shall see. :(

Dr.G.
Mar 24th, 2020, 04:39 PM
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mets-noah-syndergaard-will-undergo-tommy-john-surgery-after-tearing-ucl/

:(

Rps
Mar 24th, 2020, 04:42 PM
Not so sure this will be an issue......I doubt if MLB will start up this year.

Dr.G.
Mar 24th, 2020, 06:05 PM
Not so sure this will be an issue......I doubt if MLB will start up this year.

:(:(

Dr.G.
Apr 5th, 2020, 09:25 AM
An interesting idea. We shall see.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-season-opener-spring-training-sites-report-1.5522215?fbclid=IwAR03eauBHQ0cFnx-oCnols9izDaRni_F0omN7kMvkMGbgOOE4M6kbSjx2Xo

Rps
Apr 5th, 2020, 10:12 AM
Hi Marc, this is an illusion I think, and only for TV revenue. People being people players wonít isolate themselves on non playing days...and neither will the support staff...hotel staff etc... and a number of the teams are either in hotbeds or will soon will be...such as Florida, Georgia. When MLB decides itís safe to make money for them 7 inning double headers wonít work either... because there will be pressure to have fans...and with many of the minor league parks having berms it will be hard to police. While I love baseball, the absence of crowd noise and interaction can make it as exciting as watching bridge.

If it does come back MLB should consider each team in a division playing its fellow teams in a 5 game series....that would be 40 games per division I think. There is no inter division or inter league games... this will be for standing. Each division champ gets a bye. Then for all others you have an FA cup or March Madness type round....all teams in a league play in a knock out...except the division champs then the final teams left playout for the league champ and the final two play for the WS.

Dr.G.
Apr 5th, 2020, 10:38 AM
Hi Marc, this is an illusion I think, and only for TV revenue. People being people players wonít isolate themselves on non playing days...and neither will the support staff...hotel staff etc... and a number of the teams are either in hotbeds or will soon will be...such as Florida, Georgia. When MLB decides itís safe to make money for them 7 inning double headers wonít work either... because there will be pressure to have fans...and with many of the minor league parks having berms it will be hard to police. While I love baseball, the absence of crowd noise and interaction can make it as exciting as watching bridge.

If it does come back MLB should consider each team in a division playing its fellow teams in a 5 game series....that would be 40 games per division I think. There is no inter division or inter league games... this will be for standing. Each division champ gets a bye. Then for all others you have an FA cup or March Madness type round....all teams in a league play in a knock out...except the division champs then the final teams left playout for the league champ and the final two play for the WS.

Valid points. I all comes down to money and TV ÖÖÖÖ Luckily, I was able to get to see one of the last Spring Training games while we were in Scottsdale, AZ. Got home just as they were starting to ask people to self-isolate, which we did.

We shall see.

Dr.G.
Apr 7th, 2020, 04:15 AM
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/al-kaline-detroit-tigers-legend-and-baseball-hall-of-famer-dies-at-85/

Sad. Saw him play for Detroit against the NY Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium.

SINC
Apr 7th, 2020, 06:06 AM
I met Al on the field at Tiger Stadium in the early 70s at their annual 'Tiger Press Day' which I attended for six years in a row. I got him to autograph a ball and gave it to an old friend in Sask., who was a big fan. He was a real gentleman.

Dr.G.
Apr 7th, 2020, 06:47 AM
I met Al on the field at Tiger Stadium in the early 70s at their annual 'Tiger Press Day' which I attended for six years in a row. I got him to autograph a ball and gave it to an old friend in Sask., who was a big fan. He was a real gentleman.

Interesting. :clap:

eMacMan
Apr 7th, 2020, 10:49 AM
Personally I think the nature of pre-season and early baseball provides sufficient anti-social distancing. Both in the stands and on the fields.

92360

Dr.G.
Apr 8th, 2020, 11:55 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-play-games-arizona-coronavirus-1.5524462?fbclid=IwAR00oQQ3BgRWRbfJz2SBBOxWWYk7gFu 4g__yE8ButkYYe6wua2WpdM_z59w

We shall see.

Dr.G.
Apr 10th, 2020, 04:00 PM
An interesting idea

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2886004-report-mlb-considering-realigning-into-florida-arizona-leagues-amid-covid-19?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_medium=referral

Dr.G.
Apr 14th, 2020, 08:35 AM
https://www.si.com/mlb/2020/04/13/taiwan-baseball-league-resumes-games-mannequin-fans?utm_source=facebook.com&xid=socialflow_facebook_si&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sportsillustrated&fbclid=IwAR3a823uhcyezp2wLsNFKc77YhInNIgnQQpeUt5RC AKGFeaXGfkzatRBj9g

Not quite the same as having real fans cheering. :)

Dr.G.
Apr 16th, 2020, 05:11 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/arizona-willing-to-host-all-mlb-teams-but-players-wonder-what-that-life-will-be-like-1.5532826?fbclid=IwAR1njSj5YjeSYFIueUNrap1YvLeB7nu ohYhpKACRnrTZWMXmwToT7URVtRk

SINC
Apr 16th, 2020, 05:18 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/arizona-willing-to-host-all-mlb-teams-but-players-wonder-what-that-life-will-be-like-1.5532826?fbclid=IwAR1njSj5YjeSYFIueUNrap1YvLeB7nu ohYhpKACRnrTZWMXmwToT7URVtRk

I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind forcing players to live in hotels and play day after day in Arizona heat. Better to accept the season is gone and pick up again next year. That would mean a cut in player salaries like the rest of North America, but I am pretty sure the players could afford it.

Dr.G.
Apr 16th, 2020, 08:06 AM
I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind forcing players to live in hotels and play day after day in Arizona heat. Better to accept the season is gone and pick up again next year. That would mean a cut in player salaries like the rest of North America, but I am pretty sure the players could afford it.

It all comes down to money, especially for the owners. I agree that they should just cancel the season until next Spring. We shall see.

Rps
Apr 16th, 2020, 10:21 AM
There are two types of ignorance in the world.......regular, which is not knowing, and then thereís wilfull.......not sure which this is. No team can practice social distancing.....and the hotel and support staff required.....it would be like having 30 LTC facilities.....dumb.

Cancel the season and do what Fox is doing televise classic past games for those who NEED to watch.

If the social restrictions are lifted later in the summer then they could have a March Maddness like tourney......actually I think if the NHL is hell bent on finishing the season they should take that approach as well.

Dr.G.
Apr 16th, 2020, 11:22 AM
There are two types of ignorance in the world.......regular, which is not knowing, and then thereís wilfull.......not sure which this is. No team can practice social distancing.....and the hotel and support staff required.....it would be like having 30 LTC facilities.....dumb.

Cancel the season and do what Fox is doing televise classic past games for those who NEED to watch.

If the social restrictions are lifted later in the summer then they could have a March Maddness like tourney......actually I think if the NHL is hell bent on finishing the season they should take that approach as well.

Valid points, Rp. I too am watching classic baseball, basketball and golf matches on TV

Dr.G.
Apr 29th, 2020, 08:18 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-return-june-july-report-1.5548104?fbclid=IwAR09sJ-AKF93oA09Bq-J_04sRGtjlbKATybrNVIgsmBS8AZQqR48m_HfkSc

The World Series in Dec.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rps
Apr 29th, 2020, 10:36 AM
Not sure about the ratings. If you had watched any games from Miami...which had virtually no crowd...the games were boring. Crowd noise is such a part of sports....two games in I bet they over play crowd noise. To get the fans into it, with an 80 game sked Iíd run the sked....the top team in each league gets a by....but everyone else plays a knockout one game, the winner of the knock out plays the top team...that winner heads to the WS.

Dr.G.
Apr 29th, 2020, 10:50 AM
Interesting, but I am not sure how realistic these idea might be in the final analysis.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-could-start-2020-season-with-opening-day-by-fourth-of-july-report-says/

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-considering-using-three-10-team-divisions-for-2020-season-report-says/

Rps
Apr 29th, 2020, 11:40 AM
Marc, I like the 3 x 10 idea, however if that caught on we would see the movement to a single league I think.

Dr.G.
May 1st, 2020, 04:55 PM
Marc, I like the 3 x 10 idea, however if that caught on we would see the movement to a single league I think.

We shall see. I still recall the expression re the old Washington Senators -- "Washington Ö. first in war. first in peace and last in the American League."

SINC
May 6th, 2020, 05:54 AM
I thought this was an interesting story.

Answer: Herb Washington. Question: What player has stolen the most bases (31) without having a single career at-bat (0)?

https://www.facebook.com/101016851438051/posts/157027385836997/?d=n

Dr.G.
May 6th, 2020, 11:32 AM
I thought this was an interesting story.

Answer: Herb Washington. Question: What player has stolen the most bases (31) without having a single career at-bat (0)?

https://www.facebook.com/101016851438051/posts/157027385836997/?d=n

:eek::clap:

Dr.G.
May 12th, 2020, 04:18 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-vote-owners-season-model-1.5564591?fbclid=IwAR1KvUfakzU_iRL-ITAX9eItdirH8K9GK366_bRjwt1UkUShVAe7OHJ7sVM

Not sure if this will work in the final analysis. We shall see.

Rps
May 12th, 2020, 10:12 AM
I agree Marc. While it makes sense to keep all the teams in the U.S., Money is the issue here. With no fans the games will sound dull. While MLB is not fully a gate league like the CFL, they do get millions from that stream. The Commish needs to step in and say this is it or you get nothing. If the AAA is more accommodating then networks should broadcast their games. But I do like the extra WC....I think it will add to the season, but Iíd kill the inter league games. Iíve always thought MLB had the interleague backwards. To me it makes more sense to play under the visiting teams rules to show the fans the game differences. In NY, Chicago, LA, no big deal but Toronto only has an AL team .

Dr.G.
May 12th, 2020, 10:40 AM
I agree Marc. While it makes sense to keep all the teams in the U.S., Money is the issue here. With no fans the games will sound dull. While MLB is not fully a gate league like the CFL, they do get millions from that stream. The Commish needs to step in and say this is it or you get nothing. If the AAA is more accommodating then networks should broadcast their games. But I do like the extra WC....I think it will add to the season, but Iíd kill the inter league games. Iíve always thought MLB had the interleague backwards. To me it makes more sense to play under the visiting teams rules to show the fans the game differences. In NY, Chicago, LA, no big deal but Toronto only has an AL team .

As I said, we shall see. The CFL has problems of it's own these days. :(

Rps
May 12th, 2020, 10:44 AM
True that on the CFL. No gate means no league.

Money has always been the root of all baseball evil dating back to the late 1800s, and it will be the cause of trouble on the 2020s.

Dr.G.
May 12th, 2020, 10:46 AM
True that on the CFL. No gate means no league.

Money has always been the root of all baseball evil dating back to the late 1800s, and it will be the cause of trouble on the 2020s.

Sad, but all too true for most sports.

SINC
May 12th, 2020, 10:41 PM
Here you go guys!

Missing Major League Baseball? Hereís Korean baseball to the rescue

https://apple.news/A980kJ9zKSR-c5wsxhlA_aQ

Rps
May 13th, 2020, 07:52 AM
Here you go guys!

Missing Major League Baseball? Hereís Korean baseball to the rescue

https://apple.news/A980kJ9zKSR-c5wsxhlA_aQ

I saw that....hint of what may come here if the players and owners can get together.

Dr.G.
May 13th, 2020, 08:54 AM
I saw that....hint of what may come here if the players and owners can get together.

Rp, does here include Toronto?

Rps
May 13th, 2020, 11:19 AM
Under the current restriction I donít see MLB in Toronto . The isolation rules will make it impossible.

Dr.G.
May 13th, 2020, 05:54 PM
Under the current restriction I donít see MLB in Toronto . The isolation rules will make it impossible.

True.

Dr.G.
May 29th, 2020, 07:45 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE9D0oAyCC4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2b-F0qcydO1XjR2BkbnWFe2F0EQBu1ML8WCVnkktcZntyVugnbIoI uEls

They don't make hitters or pitchers like Ruth and Johnson anymore. :(

Rps
May 29th, 2020, 09:13 AM
Marc the trouble with ďera playersĒ is they donít easily match between the eras. The Babe would be a good hitter today but I donít think he could handle the pitching today. Johnston would be good as he would be used to complete games....all those pitchers could do 9.

I find it interesting how people look at baseball and home runs seem to be thing they want....personally I find them boring. My two all time players...and Iím not slamming The Babe or WJ....but if I had a team I would want to have a Rod Carew and a Nolan Ryan.

Dr.G.
May 29th, 2020, 03:15 PM
Marc the trouble with ďera playersĒ is they donít easily match between the eras. The Babe would be a good hitter today but I donít think he could handle the pitching today. Johnston would be good as he would be used to complete games....all those pitchers could do 9.

I find it interesting how people look at baseball and home runs seem to be thing they want....personally I find them boring. My two all time players...and Iím not slamming The Babe or WJ....but if I had a team I would want to have a Rod Carew and a Nolan Ryan.

A valid point. I saw Rod Carew play the NY Yankees in Yankee Stadium just before I came to Canada back in 1977. That was the year he hit .388

I saw Nolan Ryan pitch a shutout in Shea Stadium when he was still with the NY Mets. Once he left the Mets and pitched for California he started to get those 300+ strike out seasons.

I would have to say that Willie Mays was the best all-around hitter I actually saw play (back in 1954), and Sandy Kofax pitch back in 1966 when he shut out the NY Mets and easily struck out 13 (if my memory serves me correctly) in 7 innings.

Rps
May 29th, 2020, 05:40 PM
Marc hereís a question for you....you could have either one in their prime.....Koufax or Big Bird ? As for Mays, I would probably agree..if there was such a thing as a two way player he would be it......but....my weirdness settling in.....what about Maury Wills......if you count as many runs as he saved as he scored he would be up there. I also like players with style, such a The Wizard of Oz.

But Mays, no one would turn him down on their list.

Dr.G.
May 29th, 2020, 06:33 PM
Marc hereís a question for you....you could have either one in their prime.....Koufax or Big Bird ? As for Mays, I would probably agree..if there was such a thing as a two way player he would be it......but....my weirdness settling in.....what about Maury Wills......if you count as many runs as he saved as he scored he would be up there. I also like players with style, such a The Wizard of Oz.

But Mays, no one would turn him down on their list.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Big+Bird&docid=608000956067286869&mid=83495C6B2306F2E588E883495C6B2306F2E588E8&view=detail&FORM=VIRE:lmao::lmao:

Rps
May 29th, 2020, 06:43 PM
Nice one! That should be Big Unit Randy Johnson...🙂🙂🙂

Dr.G.
May 29th, 2020, 07:34 PM
Nice one! That should be Big Unit Randy Johnson...🙂🙂🙂

Oh. 2002 was his best season, but he did finish his career with the SF Giants, my team.

Dr.G.
Jun 24th, 2020, 10:51 AM
https://www.mlb.com/giants/news/mlb-announces-2020-regular-season

We shall see.

Rps
Jun 24th, 2020, 12:54 PM
https://www.mlb.com/giants/news/mlb-announces-2020-regular-season

We shall see.

I think this will be the end .....when the MLBPA opens negotiations on the next CBA, lookout. If I read this release correctly player will only get 37% of their contract amount........did I just hear a fuse being lit........

Dr.G.
Jun 24th, 2020, 02:20 PM
I think this will be the end .....when the MLBPA opens negotiations on the next CBA, lookout. If I read this release correctly player will only get 37% of their contract amount........did I just hear a fuse being lit........

yes ÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖ. :eek: XX)

Dr.G.
Jul 2nd, 2020, 11:32 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gojemS2v8s

Not sure this would happen these days.

Rps
Jul 2nd, 2020, 06:38 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gojemS2v8s

Not sure this would happen these days.

Probably you are correct. But with the new rules you may see starters go into the 8th more....but 16 and 18 innings....thing of the past for any starter today...they just arenít geared that way.

I would bet a starter today could have a perfect game going on and would be pulled when the 10th came around.....

Dr.G.
Jul 2nd, 2020, 08:28 PM
Probably you are correct. But with the new rules you may see starters go into the 8th more....but 16 and 18 innings....thing of the past for any starter today...they just arenít geared that way.

I would bet a starter today could have a perfect game going on and would be pulled when the 10th came around.....

True.

Dr.G.
Jul 4th, 2020, 05:40 PM
July 4 1939 Yankee Stadium, New York City

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNLKPaThYkE&fbclid=IwAR3wiALjawZ96CIgCQ_R_tRCWGuo4ELs-ZBx18emFb6RoZYmRFl0yM6xiS8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYyUWn224AE

Rps
Jul 4th, 2020, 06:31 PM
I know they agreed on a 60 game sked but I bet they will cancel as one by one the stars arenít coming out.....Price, Trout eat all....

Dr.G.
Jul 4th, 2020, 08:59 PM
I know they agreed on a 60 game sked but I bet they will cancel as one by one the stars arenít coming out.....Price, Trout eat all....

I agree. We shall see.

Dr.G.
Jul 5th, 2020, 04:40 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-all-star-game-2020-cancelled-1.5636610


This was to be expected.

Dr.G.
Jul 7th, 2020, 12:55 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-arrival-toronto-camp-1.5638930?fbclid=IwAR3zyRKSQakpD6B6A-xvrGcTzwMskClGukXi2WkDD1SBxkPjTyx_2ICDu30

"The Toronto #BlueJays left 12 players behind in Dunedin, Fla., with one players testing positive and the others in direct contact with him. Several Blue Jays say they were only tested once before traveling back to Toronto."

Rps
Jul 7th, 2020, 01:04 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-arrival-toronto-camp-1.5638930?fbclid=IwAR3zyRKSQakpD6B6A-xvrGcTzwMskClGukXi2WkDD1SBxkPjTyx_2ICDu30

"The Toronto #BlueJays left 12 players behind in Dunedin, Fla., with one players testing positive and the others in direct contact with him. Several Blue Jays say they were only tested once before traveling back to Toronto."

Yup....seems many of the clubs arenít following the protocol.......who does that sound like down south......

Dr.G.
Jul 7th, 2020, 01:21 PM
Yup....seems many of the clubs arenít following the protocol.......who does that sound like down south......

:confused::confused::(

Dr.G.
Jul 10th, 2020, 01:32 PM
Buster Posey Sitting Out 2020 Season
He and his wife just adopted twins who were born prematurely

Sad, but understandable under the circumstance.

Rps
Jul 12th, 2020, 10:54 AM
Marc, I bet they donít hit 30 games.....

Dr.G.
Jul 12th, 2020, 12:01 PM
Marc, I bet they donít hit 30 games.....

Yes ÖÖ.. if that many. Soon teams will have to drop out if too many of their players/staff test positive. We shall see.

Dr.G.
Jul 12th, 2020, 09:00 PM
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/blue-jays-reach-out-to-triple-a-team-about-playing-home-games-in-buffalo-in-2020-per-report/

So much for home field advantage.

Rps
Jul 13th, 2020, 09:38 AM
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/blue-jays-reach-out-to-triple-a-team-about-playing-home-games-in-buffalo-in-2020-per-report/

So much for home field advantage.

I think Dunedin is the logical choice....they are in a bubble....Buffalo would be fine but I donít think they have the hotel space.....but you canít have teams coming across the border without the 14 day quarantine.....but bottom line...I donít think the season will start with the team in Canada.

Dr.G.
Jul 13th, 2020, 12:05 PM
I think Dunedin is the logical choice....they are in a bubble....Buffalo would be fine but I donít think they have the hotel space.....but you canít have teams coming across the border without the 14 day quarantine.....but bottom line...I donít think the season will start with the team in Canada.

You are most likely correct on this point, Rp. My bet is that the season may start but not finish. We shall see.

Dr.G.
Jul 18th, 2020, 05:25 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-to-reveal-blue-jays-decision-1.5654846?fbclid=IwAR1U1ci_qfcwwYsi_5lFp6YWUrKg1B0-NSL_gYPyf0OHAcjkFjd4RJFphuo

Not unexpected.

Rps
Jul 19th, 2020, 09:26 AM
Watched the Mets broadcast last night...actually it was very good...seemed as close to a normal game as any of the ďcampĒ broadcasts Iíve seen.
No brainer on preventing the Jays f on hosting in Toronto. They have 11 days to find a spot...but really with no gate revenue who cares where they play...Iím still thinking FLA. But....there are some large universities in the US with really good baseball facilities......and dorms......no sure how busy they are but with the emphasis on online classes that might be a solution for the 60 game sked.

Dr.G.
Jul 19th, 2020, 10:16 AM
Watched the Mets broadcast last night...actually it was very good...seemed as close to a normal game as any of the ďcampĒ broadcasts Iíve seen.
No brainer on preventing the Jays f on hosting in Toronto. They have 11 days to find a spot...but really with no gate revenue who cares where they play...Iím still thinking FLA. But....there are some large universities in the US with really good baseball facilities......and dorms......no sure how busy they are but with the emphasis on online classes that might be a solution for the 60 game sked.

True, but I am not sure of college campuses. Universities in North America are trying to get a handle of what to do comes the Fall.

Rps
Jul 19th, 2020, 11:21 AM
That's true...but I wonder how many will have any athletic complex open. Im still thinking Fla is the logical choice.

Dr.G.
Jul 19th, 2020, 12:27 PM
That's true...but I wonder how many will have any athletic complex open. Im still thinking Fla is the logical choice.

We shall see.

Dr.G.
Jul 22nd, 2020, 06:56 AM
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/20-mlb-bold-predictions-for-2020-season-including-a-big-trade-and-the-end-of-a-world-series-drought/

Some interesting predictions

Dr.G.
Jul 22nd, 2020, 12:05 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-regular-season-home-1.5639983?fbclid=IwAR0GwJ5gUMxyxy-GsRC4473CpeHWj62wCWrC0mLf9z5ZT_9APfB4rrVCErI

So much for home field advantage. :(

Rps
Jul 22nd, 2020, 12:13 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-regular-season-home-1.5639983?fbclid=IwAR0GwJ5gUMxyxy-GsRC4473CpeHWj62wCWrC0mLf9z5ZT_9APfB4rrVCErI

So much for home field advantage. :(

Iím not so sure there is such a thing this year. The Jays are awaiting govt approval...but Iím sure it will come.

On another note, I have suggested to Edmonton that they call their team the Eskies...in the U.K. and esky is a cooler....and Iíve lived in Edmonton...it certainly applies...and w called the team the Eskies then. Now on to the Indians and the Braves.......

FeXL
Jul 22nd, 2020, 12:28 PM
Americaís Favorite Pastime Starts Kneeling (https://spectator.org/mlb-national-anthem-kneeling/)

Several members and managers of the San Francisco Giants, a Major League Baseball (MLB) team, took a knee during the national anthem Monday evening at the teamís exhibition games against the Oakland Athletics.

New Giants manager Gabe Kapler became the first MLB manager to kneel during the national anthem, challenging the relatively apolitical nature of the MLB up to this point.

More:

Fans fled the NFL once they bowed to the Black Lives Matter narrative, and the MLB might ďstrike outĒ the same way. Once Americaís favorite pastime becomes another political arena, fans may no longer say, ďTake me out to the ball game!Ē

Bold mine.

May? :eek::yikes:

Rps
Jul 22nd, 2020, 12:47 PM
FeXL, actually the NFL had a 5% increase in TV viewership....but I cannot attest to paid attendance...I would suspect the downage was a trend starting in 2016....a combination of very high ticket prices and some dreadful and boring games.

We will see about baseball.....with no crowds this year, this will also be subject to debate.....but I think the 60 game season may spark interest in ratings.

FeXL
Jul 22nd, 2020, 01:26 PM
Hey, Rps. Butts in NFL seats at a 15 year low (https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2020/01/03/nfl-attendance-crashes-to-15-year-low/) last year.

At least one factor is politicization. This will get worse, especially if they start playing the "Black National Anthem" before each game.

If MLB heads down the same path, it will feel it. As will the NBA. People watch pro sports to escape from all the political BS (good natured rivalries notwithstanding). The last thing most want is to be preached at by bitchy millionaires...

Rps
Jul 22nd, 2020, 03:57 PM
Surprise....the Jays are homeless again.......

Dr.G.
Jul 22nd, 2020, 08:24 PM
Surprise....the Jays are homeless again.......

:eek::(:(

Dr.G.
Jul 24th, 2020, 12:26 PM
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/mlb/report-blue-jays-to-play-2020-season-in-buffalo/ar-BB17999W?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds

Well, it is close to Canada.

Dr.G.
Jul 27th, 2020, 10:03 AM
The Miami Marlins cancel tonight's home opener due to players testing positive for covid.

Dr.G.
Jul 27th, 2020, 11:53 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/miami-marlins-covid-19-1.5664203?fbclid=IwAR3Ma2o_D7VZohWtbwAP1m5OwfapLxv P-h9WOK0b23txv0PNnj3LmWpE8l8

So it starts. :(