After a vicious, convulsive battle between the owners and players, the MLB Players Union has confirmed via their official Twitter that the season is imminent.
Per a report earlier today from ESPNs Jeff Passan, players will report to camp by July 1st, and a 60 game season will take place, likely beginning July 24th. The final step was a health and safety protocol, which evidently, MLB will be implementing a COVID 19 IL for players who do happen to be positive for the virus.
MLB was supposed to begin on March 26th, but the unforeseen global pandemic had other plans. This is a far cry from the normal 162 game season, and may end up costing Albert Pujols the Race For Ruth, Zack Greinke 3000 Ks, among other things.
How does this impact the overall league? As I told somebody earlier tonight on a social media post, “I do think teams such as the Brewers and Rays are in a more favorable spot, however. Consider the fact that their bullpen had a rougher second half and ask why. The Brewers especially build their pitching staff from the bullpen up, have closers such as a Hader that can pitch 2-3 innings a night. The Rays with guys such as Nick Anderson do too to an extent, but are more favored because they have those guys and 5 established starters. It’s the Royal method when in 2015 their starting staff sucked but they bridged and shortened the game with Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Those pitching staffs are more built for a 60 game season than a 162 season.”
I also think a team like the Angels who can’t buy a full healthy season could benefit. The best way to come out of COVID is to finally see Mike Trout in the postseason and Albert Pujols, a man with one of MLBs biggest postseason pedigrees, have one last hurrah.
MLB has a lot of storylines this year. How does the lack of sign stealing impact the Houston Astros? Can teams like the Reds and White Sox who went all out in the Winter finally take that next step forward? What do healthy Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees look like?
All we know right now is the biggest question now has an answer: we will see baseball in 2020.
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