The little calendar in the bottom corner of my laptop screen is attempting to inform me that today is April 27, 2020. That’s most likely the case, though time has seemingly ceased to function in its normal capacity for...well, for the same reason I cannot firmly explain how long it has been.
If that date is true, however, it means that we’ve officially crossed the 1-month mark of lost baseball, as Opening Day was originally set for March 26 prior to the onset of COVID-19 and the havoc it has wreaked on our society since that time. And while the concept of baseball teams doing baseball things competitively still seems unimaginably far off, that hasn’t precluded Major League Baseball from doing diligent work to make sure the season will, in fact, commence in some form or fashion at some point this summer.
In a wide-ranging, all-encompassing update on the state of affairs over at ESPN, Jeff Passan highlights each of the pertinent considerations MLB and the MLBPA must make in order to get the season going at some juncture down the road, and it’s well worth a read if you’ve got 10 minutes and any remaining interest in the game. From location, pay, season structure, postseason structure, rosters, fans, the minors, etc., it’s touched on at least a bit here, giving some insight into what baseball might look like when it finally returns to us.
As Passan emphasizes, baseball will happen in 2020. It’s just a matter of...well, of every detail. So, we’ve got that going for us...which is nice.
In other news, the Cincinnati Reds will feature prominently on MLB Network tomorrow (Tuesday). As MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon relayed, you’ll get doses of the Nasty Boys, peak Barry Larkin, and Homer Bailey’s second no-no, among other things. Just be glad most of you are in the Eastern Time Zone, since programming begins early.
Over the weekend, the Cape Cod Baseball League officially announced that their 2020 season is kaput, and that’s quite unfortunate. The CCBL is a wood-bat summer league, one that has consistently been a proving ground for college players as they begin turning heads of MLB scouts. You might remember that current Reds outfielder Phil Ervin was once named league MVP there, helping propel the Samford star’s status into being an eventual 1st round draftee.
It doesn’t really matter what topic Joe Posnanski chooses to write about, as it’s going to end up a must-read. So, I will link to his latest from The Athletic and tell you nothing about it.
Finally, in lieu of not being able to head to the ballpark and hear everybody clap your hands clapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclapclap, just read this story while it gets stuck in your head in a less traditional way.