Bobo's here, I see we have some ballplayers.
Ah . . . I am not a big eSports guy, even when celebs are playing. So I'll just be diving back into old episodes of Ray Donovan and Better Call Saul. My sister works with actress Julia Garner, so I will dive into Season 3 of Ozark on Netflix as well.
I see the minors getting back to work under similar terms as the big leaguers. Many precautions will be taken and play won't resume until the pandemic has subsided and testing is readily available for everybody in and around the sport.The issues you raised are probably at bigger deal at the lower levels of the minors, where there is an army of players years away from consideration for the 40-man roster. It's a big industry and there is no way to put all the prospects under the protective MLB tent.
He might throw the STL a bone. Most players work down a long list of people to thank. He did get his start here.
Given the slow and steady spread of the virus, even the late summer is starting to look dicey. We're slowing the charge with physical distancing so our hospital systems remain operational and researchers can work on treatments and vaccine. That tactic also makes the worst-case timetables look more likely.
Intangibles are a thing, especially at quarterback. Chase is one of those rare athletes who can make a team better without playing much.
Yeah, the hockey was just getting to the fun part with postseason play and the Blues looking to defend their title with a really good team. There are a lot of exciting players in the Western Conference and most of the top guys (sorry, Patrick Kane) were going to be active in the playoffs.
Hopefully your insomnia during this pandemic is not too severe.
In that scenario keeping Marco Scandella would make sense on the blue line. Locking Vince Dunn into a longer-term deal would make sense, as would setting money aside for Robert Thomas. Given the depth on the blue line and the crowding up front, I wouldn't look outside for a big addition. I would stay focused on keeping the rest of the team intact.
This virus could be around for a long time, so at some point the sports industry like every other industry will have to figure out how to management. Absent a vaccine, it would seem necessary to have an effective treatment available to resume player. If in fact people become immune to the virus after surviving a bout with it, we could see sports resume with athletes who are cleared to compete either because they test negative for the virus or they have been through the cycle already.
As for the payment, they are getting some money this season even with games being postponed. But if the season is washed out entirely, MLB has the contractual right to withhold salary. How much to withhold will be subject to bargaining with players.
I have not followed high school sports with much intensity. I did watch Bradley Beal play and he looked like Michael Jordan when he went up against other high school players. That was just unfair. Kristin Folkl was in a class all by herself. She lorded over two sports in her day.
I would not combined the seasons. We've lost games before with labor disputes and life just went on. If there is no resolution to this season and no Stanley Cup awarded, so be it. Start next season as close to the normal time as possible and then go on. Winning the Cup is a sacred achievement and I would hate to see it cheapened by some sort of gimmick.
Right now it's hard to be optimistic.
Playing baseball in the cold is very unpleasant. Mostly it's guys just standing around. Gripping a baseball in the cold is problematic too. And who wants to sit outside in the cold and watch guys mostly stand around for three hours? Hence the potential that a World Series could be played in a warm neutral site stadium. That's just one of the possibilities.
The Blues famously traveled that road as well back in the day, winning the Presidents Trophy with a tremendous regular season and then falling flat in the postseason. Winning the grueling Cup tournament is an extraordinary achievement, much bigger than finishing the regular season with the most points.
Again, two different sports. Pro football has a relatively small number of home games. At most a few of them are played in bad weather in those northern markets with outdoor stadiums. And each NFL home game is a big event. The baseball season is a marathon. Dragging it deep into the cold weather would be a bad idea. Would fans endure terrible weather for a World Series? Perhaps many would, for a World Series, but the product would really suffer in the cold.
That issue hasn't changed because of the shutdown. The regional sports networks paid a ton for broadcast rights and now those networks must get the best possible deal with the many carriers that exists in the post-cable world we live in.
Unless, of course, somebody develops a treatment and/or a vaccine.