Well, today was supposed to be the day that the 2020 season got underway. Unfortunately, that is not the case. While we sit and wait for things to settle down, baseball players and owners try to sort out scenarios. Here’s all of that and more in today’s links.
In Mariners news...
- What’s your favorite Mariners jersey?
We want to know which Mariners jersey is the !— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 26, 2020
Starting tomorrow, we're rolling out Mariners Jersey Madness and you can vote for your favorite. Here's a look at the bracket pic.twitter.com/CrLpw4HhGu
- David Laurila at Fangraphs continues to feature Mariners players, this time speaking with Kyle Lewis.
Around the league...
- While today was supposed to be Opening Day, MLB Network has some classic broadcasts to hold you over until the season actually starts.
MLB announces "Opening Day at Home" with games broadcast on FS1, MLB Network, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. pic.twitter.com/zkXQ8x4cs4— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) March 25, 2020
- Scott Boras thinks a 162-game schedule is plausible — assuming baseball is willing to host its World Series on Christmas.
- Meanwhile, some players are offering up alternative solutions.
Included in that open-mindedness, Atkins floated the idea of seven-inning games, particularly in a doubleheader format. (Follows minor-league model.) https://t.co/uAKH9oj5ev— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) March 25, 2020
- David Schoenfield at ESPN ranks the top Home Run Derby performances of all time.
- Huh...that’s interesting.
Florida has banned all nonessential surgeries. So how is Noah Syndergaard to have his elbow repaired there tomorrow?— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) March 25, 2020
The answer: DOCTORS are the ones who define "essential" -- and this hospital said Tommy John for a baseball player counts.https://t.co/cVEKtqzaYj
- This is great news!
All #Yankees minor leaguers will be released from self-quarantine tomorrow, except for the second player who tested positive for coronavirus.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 25, 2020
Players will be encouraged to travel home if possible. The Yankees say they have no one else who is currently being tested.
- While the college and high school baseball seasons have been canceled, there were some games played before things went to hell. Baseball America looks at some players who made the most of their short seasons.
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs wonders if these extreme circumstances make expansion more plausible for MLB.
- Yeah, can’t say I blame him.
- The Seattle Athletic staff picked their list of the greatest Seattle sports cult heroes of all time. ($)