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Monday, June 29, 2020

Inside MLB’s 2020 season plan to play through a pandemic—and where it could go wrong

While the processes in place to handle individual positive cases are dutiful and will be reinforced with even more specificity by each team, the language regarding the actions the sport would take with a deluge of cases is general and vague.
...
The general wording offers Manfred a wide berth—which makes sense because as commissioner he already wields the best-interests-of-baseball clause. The players, skeptical after months of negotiations had turned ugly, were reticent about rubber-stamping Manfred’s unilateral ability to cancel a season when doing so would immediately end their ability to get paid.

Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 29, 2020 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, covid-19,

Sunday, June 21, 2020

MLB’s latest move, Phillies’ coronavirus outbreak leave 2020 season on the brink

“On what might have been the bleakest day of an exceedingly bleak spring for Major League Baseball, the owners effectively halted negotiations with the players’ union over the economic terms of the 2020 season — and that didn’t even constitute the worst news on a day that also saw the novel coronavirus pandemic assert its ultimate dominion over the entire endeavor.
While the afternoon hours Friday were consumed with the sobering news that five players and three staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies at the team’s spring training headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., had tested positive for the coronavirus — leading to the closing of the team’s facilities and an expansion of testing and contact tracing for other personnel on site — the evening brought a statement from the union that signaled the endgame had arrived for the bitter, months-long negotiation over the 2020 schedule.
What we’re left with: The last resort for MLB to salvage a 2020 season would be to impose a 50-game, late-summer mini-season and hope even that can be pulled off amid a worsening public-health crisis that already has shown up across big league organizations.”

majorflaw Posted: June 21, 2020 at 12:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Don’t let MLB owners cry poor. They can afford to do what’s right for baseball.

“ It’s time for a basic lesson in baseball arithmetic and the incredible, shameless greed of major league owners. The bosses are — again — on the verge of bashing their sport to maximize their profits in an industry that pours vast increases in wealth on them each year as they whine.
The difference between Major League Baseball’s last rejected offer to its players for a return to play and the cost in salaries to have a reasonable 81-game season at full pay per game is about $600 million, or about $20 million per team.
MLB acts as if absorbing such a cost — for the sake of the game, for the sake of fans and (as we’ll see) out of basic fairness — is a pandemic-induced, sport-threatening catastrophe that must be avoided.
That’s a lie. A huge, mind-boggling lie.
Here’s why: The average MLB team has increased in value by more than $1 billion in just the past six years, from $811 million to $1.852 billion. That’s according to Statista 2020, but all estimates are similar.
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What the devil is $20 million per team when the average team has been increasing in value by $173.5 million per year?”

majorflaw Posted: June 16, 2020 at 12:04 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

MLB union cuts off talks as hopes for an agreement reach an apparent end

“ A long, contentious negotiation between Major League Baseball and its players’ union over the economic terms of the 2020 season — marked by media leaks, recriminations and progress that was incremental at best — reached its apparent and inevitable endgame Saturday. With no deal, it appears the sport is headed toward a late-summer mini-season of around 50 games, assuming the novel coronavirus pandemic permits even that.
In a statement Saturday night, MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark indicated the players were rejecting the proposal MLB made Friday for a 72-game season, for which players would have been guaranteed 70 percent of their prorated salaries, and would make no counterproposal. In fact, Clark said, the players were done negotiating — period.
“Further dialogue with the league would be futile,” Clark said in the statement. “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.””

majorflaw Posted: June 16, 2020 at 12:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Arizona Sports: D-backs owner Ken Kendrick: MLB has it wrong on revenue sharing

“Why is it that we are the only sport that doesn’t have revenue sharing? All of the other major sports have revenue sharing….....What would be happening right now — think about it — if this situation would have evolved and we had been in a revenue-sharing model? We would be acting as partners to get back together and get back on the field. The very lack of a revenue-sharing model puts us in an adversarial position when we really ought to be partners and advancing the game and building the revenues because all would win in those circumstances…...Our (players) union leadership takes the position that’s a non-starter,” Kendrick added. “We wouldn’t even be in a discussion right now if we had revenue sharing. It’s sad.”

Full Audio link in article

 

Jack Sommers Posted: June 10, 2020 at 10:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, cba, mlb, mlbpa, revenue sharing

Friday, June 05, 2020

MLB formally rejects union proposal, leaving 2020 season in doubt

“ Major League Baseball on Wednesday formally rejected the proposal of its players’ union for a 114-game regular season in 2020 and has no plans to offer a counterproposal, leaving the sport in a tenuous position as it attempts to salvage a season amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. . . .
The apparent deadlock over the past couple of days has left the sport’s chances of getting on the field this year at their bleakest. Baseball hoped to have an agreement this week, reopen spring training camps in mid-June and celebrate Opening Day around July 4. Although the deadline could be pushed to next week, the lack of momentum toward a deal is at least as daunting an enemy as the calendar. . . .
From a practical standpoint, the union as a whole, not to mention individual players, would have to decide it is worth their while to play in 2020, with all the attendant health risks, for what amounts to less than a third of their normal pay. Would a $30 million pitcher risk his health — both in regards to the coronavirus and the toll on his arm from a sped-up spring training — to make roughly 10 starts? Would a player making the major league minimum want to risk his future free agency?
Even as other major American sports leagues take significant steps toward starting or restarting their seasons, baseball seems no closer to taking the field than it did March 26, which was to have been its original Opening Day. And in some ways, it seems even further away.“

majorflaw Posted: June 05, 2020 at 12:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Nationals’ Max Scherzer signals union’s rejection of MLB’s proposed salary cuts

“ The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to reject the league’s proposed salary cuts — and will suggest a longer regular season — when it makes a counterproposal, as the sport reaches a critical juncture in its efforts to start the 2020 season amid a global pandemic.
In a social media post late Wednesday night, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, a member of the union’s executive subcommittee, wrote that players had “no reason to engage with MLB” over pay cuts, and challenged the league to open its books if it wants to justify that proposal.
“There’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received,” Scherzer wrote. “I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Scherzer’s post came after two players meetings, the first with the eight-member executive subcommittee and the second with a larger group of about 150 players. A source familiar with the union’s position said Scherzer accurately portrayed the players’ sentiment.“

majorflaw Posted: May 30, 2020 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Monday, May 11, 2020

JMLB 2020 season threatened by compensation, DH rule possible

Joel Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:28 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Bowden: How each National League team would fare with a universal DH for 2020 – The Athletic

Team by team looks, starting with the D’Backs.

Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have good competition at first base with Christian Walker coming off his best year after slashing .259/.348/.476 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs that led to a 3.0 WAR and 111 OPS+. Jake Lamb is finally healthy and the left-handed hitter is looking to get back to his 2016-17 form where he averaged 29.5 home runs and 98 runs batted in. However, add the DH rule and suddenly both players have spots in the D-Backs’ lineup and the lineup gets lengthened instantly with better left-right hitting balance.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:26 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, pay site

Will issue of players’ salaries cancel MLB season? | Newsday

As for the debate over a revised salary structure, the genesis of that can be found in the March 26 agreement struck between MLB and the Players Association, which granted a full year’s credit of service time — even if the season is canceled — and a $170 million advance on salaries through the end of May. The latter was critical because of the fact that players’ contracts were suspended once President Trump declared a national emergency.

The agreement also called for players to be paid on a prorated basis depending on the number of games played once the season did resume. Given that MLB’s current proposal calls for roughly 81 games, for example, that would mean a player signed to a $10 million deal for this season would earn $5 million.

At issue, however, is the accompanying clause that states: “The office of the commissioner and players association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate substitute neutral sites.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

New Rangers park among possible MLB ideas for season start

North Texas has more to offer than just the new Rangers ballpark should MLB decide to start the pandemic-delayed 2020 baseball season with teams grouped together in different regions.

Among the different plans looked at by Major League Baseball is to use Texas as a mid-American hub.

“Depending upon a variety of the other factors, it makes a lot of sense,” Rangers general Jon Daniels said Monday, when asked about the possibility of Texas being part of such a plan. “Just given the nature of the market, the proximity of a lot of the facilities, the quality of the facilities, the quality of not just baseball facilities, but the hotels in the area and other things that you’d need.”

While the Rangers have had “some involvement, just from a due-diligence standpoint” to help Major League Baseball gather information, Daniels stressed during a conference call with beat writers that is just among several ideas being looked at by league officials.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, rangers, stadiums

Passan’s 20 questions: There will be MLB in 2020. It’s just a matter of when, where and how

The MLB season should have turned one month old Sunday. Rather than lament that, let’s instead fill the emptiness with a discussion about when the season will start.

Yes, will. Over the past two weeks, as states have begun to plan their reopenings, nearly everyone along the decision-making continuum—league officials, players, union leaders, owners, doctors, politicians, TV power brokers, team executives—has grown increasingly optimistic that there will be baseball this year.

This optimism is guarded and cautious and laden with caveats. It exists in a reality twisted by the coronavirus—one that acknowledges what seems possible today may not necessarily be tomorrow. There are a million questions. Consider what follows an attempt to answer 20 of the most pertinent—some about baseball’s return and those roadblocks, others about the coronavirus’ short- and long-term impact, and a few about various odds and ends worth tying up before the entirety of our focus trains on Spring Training 2.0.

We open our round of questioning with Fred Van Deventer. Mr. Van Deventer?

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, jeff passan

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

MLB discussing three-state plan with one hub in Texas as possible solution to start 2020 season

With the spread of the novel coronavirus threatening Major League Baseball’s 2020 season, the league and the union continue to seek ways to salvage the year as best they can. Predictably, that has entailed any number of proposals and contingency plans, including those that would see teams either all isolated in Arizona, or split between Arizona and Florida. On Monday, multiple league sources informed CBS Sports about a different idea that has been discussed in recent days.

In this arrangement, the league would have teams stationed in one of three hubs: Florida, Arizona or Texas. The clubs would then make use of the local major- and minor-league (or spring training) facilities and play regular season games behind closed doors without fans.

One source even expressed guarded optimism about the idea’s chances of coming to fruition.

Ballparks in St. Petersburg (Florida), Phoenix (Arizona), and Arlington (Texas) each have roofs, retractable or otherwise, that would safeguard against rainouts and other extreme weather, allowing for multiple games to be hosted at those sites per day. Theoretically, MLB could also ask teams stationed in Florida and Texas to drive three-plus hours to other MLB parks (Houston’s Minute Maid Park and Miami’s Marlins Park).

 

QLE Posted: April 22, 2020 at 01:36 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, texas

A lost season? Minor league teams, players face bleak future

CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Nutter is surrounded by questions everywhere he goes these days. So the longtime president of the Fort Wayne TinCaps is planning for each scenario he can imagine, one at a time.

What does minor league baseball look like in the COVID-19 age? What happens if his Class A team plays only half a season?

And the big one: What if there are no games at all?

While Major League Baseball tries to figure out a way to play this summer, the prospects for anything resembling a normal minor league season are increasingly bleak.

An article to read in parallel with another I uploaded today- I suspect this will serve as useful background that will explain elements of the other article.

QLE Posted: April 22, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, minor leagues

2020 Was Supposed to Be the Dodgers’ Year. Could It Still Be?

No team stands to lose more from the loss or truncation of the 2020 Major League Baseball season due to the coronavirus than the Dodgers. They may have traded three prospects to Boston for few or no games from Mookie Betts and his $27 million salary. As the team that draws half a million more fans than any other franchise, they are losing the most gate revenue. As the deepest team in baseball, their depth may be less valuable in a shorter season. And as the clear favorites in the National League West, their road to the postseason is more difficult as more games come off the schedule.

The smaller the sample size, the less likely the better team wins. In his four years as Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts has guided Los Angeles to a division championship every year. But if those four seasons were truncated at 60 games, the Dodgers would have won only once, last year. The Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants each took a turn in first place after 60 games.

“I absolutely agree from that side of things,” Roberts said. “When you shorten the season, less variables come into play. The smaller the sample size the more it brings other teams into play, which is great. But I do think when and if we start the season the expanded rosters will ultimately help our club.”

In 1981, following a two-month strike, players were given just nine days to prepare for the resumption of the season in August. Twenty-five-man rosters were not expanded. Labor stoppages in 1990 and 1995 led to two and three added roster spots, respectively, following 21 and 25 days of training.

A consideration of the effects of current conditions on a particular team.

QLE Posted: April 22, 2020 at 12:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, dodgers, verducci

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The 2020 Schedule Meets the Chopping Block

Life isn’t fair, as it continually reminds us, but we try to keep sports as far from the harsh light of reality as we can. The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays certainly don’t start in the same place when creating a roster, but when those players are on the field, everybody has to play by the same rules. Whether you’re facing Gerrit Cole or whatever fifth starter the Baltimore Orioles Mad-Libbed onto the roster, you have to get actual hits, score actual runs, and make actual Statcast-blessed defensive plays.

It’s extraordinarily difficult to keep the schedules teams face fair. Ideally, we’d want every team to face the same strength of schedule. With complete discretion over the design of the season, that’s still a nearly impossible task, without knowing which teams will be the best and worst ones ahead of time. And it becomes definitely impossible with unbalanced division schedules, series played mostly in three or four-game chunks, and a need to avoid having teams travel thousands of miles every day, like some character in the final season of Game of Thrones.

And even if you avoid all these things using some dark magics from the Necronomicon or Carson Cistulli’s personal notes, you’re still bound by the laws of the physical universe. Teams can’t play themselves, so even if every team played every other team the same number of games each season, the Yankees get a bonus by not having to play the Yankees, while Orioles’ hitters never get the opportunity to feast on Orioles pitching.

A consideration of the consequences of this season being shorter than usual.

 

QLE Posted: April 21, 2020 at 01:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, dan szymborski, schedule, shortened season

Historic Milestones Will Be Missed Without MLB in 2020

Any good argument supporting Ted Williams as the greatest hitter ever must mention the milestones he didn’t reach, in addition to all of his accomplishments.

Williams missed nearly five full seasons, including prime years from ages 24-26, while serving in the military. He easily would have reached 600 home runs and 3,000 hits. The lost seasons of Williams are tantalizing, their excellence surely would have rivaled the years of his two triple crowns, six batting titles and .406 batting average in 1941.

Now, we’re faced with the real possibility of a canceled 2020 season, which has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus. If that happens, every player will be a year older when baseball returns—one year closer to the end of their careers.

That includes Mike Trout, the best player on the planet. As Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote, the Lost Season of Trout “will forever leave a bittersweet ‘what if?’ aftertaste to his career.”


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Lost Seasons Mean Lost Milestones

Baseball is a statistics-heavy game, and that’s true even for those who don’t think of themselves as being part of the saber set. Because the game’s rules have had a relatively high degree of consistency across eras, the sport’s career milestones have also enjoyed a certain constancy throughout its history. That doesn’t mean that 600 homers from a player whose prime came in the 1960s are exactly the same as the 600 homers a player in the Wild Card era hit, but when you’re talking 600 homers, you’re always talking about someone who was really, really good at hitting home runs.

And while we would like to think that Hall of Fame voting is based off deep analysis and not round numbers, the fact remains that milestones still play a large part in who ends up in Cooperstown. Whether a player hits 470 homers or 520 homers still means something.

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Given the world that we’re in, one of my many research projects this spring has been trying to better gauge how missed seasons ought to be treated. Forecasting those seasons is difficult in the best of times; the missed time is typically due to injury or suspension or war. Now, everyone is hanging out at home trying to not catch the current super-virus or crippling ennui.

And I wasn’t entirely sure whether the long layoff would affect all types of players to the same degree. Re-projecting stars for 1982 and 1995 using ZiPS — I didn’t have ZiPS in 1995 though I assume you’ll excuse me for not having a projection system when I was four — I tried to gauge whether missed time affected players of different qualities in different ways. Together with other data (suspensions, premature retirements, and war), I found that my normal missed time algorithm slightly overrated stars’ “return” projections. Apparently, the elite do have more to lose with lost time.

 

QLE Posted: April 18, 2020 at 12:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, dan szymborski, milestones

Friday, April 17, 2020

Opinion: Union chief Tony Clark still optimistic MLB will play games in some way in 2020

Tony Clark, sitting in his Phoenix-area home Wednesday morning, looks at his cellphone, sees Jackie Robinson’s picture as his screen saver, and reads the immortal words again.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.’’

Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, recognizes and embraces his vital responsibility during this coronavirus pandemic that has shut down baseball and the rest of the sports world.

He impacts not only the lives of his own three children but also every professional baseball player, from Mike Trout to kids his 17-year-old son’s age. They’re relying on his guidance, wisdom and support at an unprecedented time.

 

QLE Posted: April 17, 2020 at 01:10 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa, tony clark

A 2020 Minor League Baseball Season Grows More And More Unlikely

If this were a normal year, the MiLB season would be one week old. But as we all know, there is nothing normal about 2020. And it’s becoming all too easy to imagine the complete 2020 season being cancelled.

While most everyone involved in MiLB is cautiously optimistic publicly, the reality is it is going to be quite difficult for any MiLB team to play at all this year. In off-the-record discussions with people all around the game, there is a near-universal acknowledgement that there are a massive amount of hurdles that have to be overcome to make any MiLB season happen.

Public pronouncements in recent days make the resumption of the season difficult. Multiple governors have said they find it unlikely that mass events, including sporting events, will be allowed in the next several months. In an interview with Snapchat this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that sports will only return this summer in very controlled circumstances with no fans.

That’s only the first hurdle. Many MiLB leagues stretch across numerous states. Getting approval from each state, county and city to resume adds several additional logistical hurdles—the South Atlantic League (a league that plays in 14 cities in seven states) or Pacific Coast League (which has 16 teams in 11 states) can’t easily resume if only half of its teams are in areas where mass meetings are allowed.

A consideration of the effects of current conditions on minor league baseball- disappointing for those of us who’d be attending a dozen or so games under normal conditions, but understandable.

 

QLE Posted: April 17, 2020 at 01:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, minor leagues

Andrew Cuomo talks baseball-return hope with Mets’ Jeff Wilpon

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he is hoping baseball can return soon and made his feelings known to Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.

But with one caveat.

“I said why can’t we talk about a baseball season with nobody in the stands? Why can’t you play the game with the players,” Cuomo told his brother Chris on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” Wednesday. “I think it would be good for the country. I think it would be good for people to have something to watch and do. To fight cabin fever. I think it’s something I’m going to pursue.”

Gov. Cuomo said he wants the games to be played even without the fans as a holistic approach. MLB officials recently floated a plan to put all 30 teams in the Phoenix area in empty ballparks to start the season.

Wait- he wants the return of major league baseball, and he talked with the Mets?

 

QLE Posted: April 17, 2020 at 12:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, andrew cuomo, behind closed doors, jeff wilpon, mets mets mets

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rob Manfred: MLB is Turning ‘Over Every Stone’ to Try and Play in 2020

NEW YORK — Rob Manfred wants Major League Baseball to be in position to take the field whenever government and health officials give the go-ahead.

“I think it’s incumbent upon us to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020 if there’s any way we can in the environment,” the baseball commissioner said Wednesday during an interview with The Associated Press.

Spring training was suspended March 12 because of the new coronavirus pandemic and the season’s scheduled start on March 26 delayed. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all gatherings of 50 people or more be put off through mid-May.

Among the plans baseball is investigating is basing all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and using the 10 spring training ballparks there, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field and possibly college facilities. Games would be played in empty stadiums; players, staff and broadcast crews and technicians would be kept in controlled environments, such as ballparks, hotels and MLB-arranged transport.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2020 at 02:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, arizona bubble league, manfred is thinking about it

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Arizona-Florida Plan Creates a Solvable Scheduling Pickle

Last week, two competing plans for an alternate-site baseball season were leaked. The first was the so-called Arizona Plan: Send all 30 teams to Arizona, rotate games between the available fields, and play an abbreviated major league season with no in-person audience. That plan has its logistical pitfalls, but one of the few things the plan doesn’t alter is the existing divisional structure of baseball. Aside from a shorter season and its attendant complications, baseball would mostly work the way it always has: the Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees would attempt to club each other into submission, the AL Central would be full of rebuilding teams, and so on.

The second plan, the so-called Arizona-Florida plan, would be something else entirely. Instead of recreating the exact structure of the league in one city, this plan would place each team at their spring training facility. Many of the logistical issues from before would still need to be answered. Assuming those can be handled, however, there’s still one major twist: instead of existing divisions, the teams would be grouped by geographic proximity — and, of course, given that the existing setup isn’t 15 AL teams in one location and 15 NL teams in the other, the leagues would be scrambled.

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First things first: how would an odd-numbered league work? Baseball has gone to interleague play in part to avoid this question: in a game where most every team plays most every day, having odd-numbered leagues won’t work. That’s why expansion was always done with two teams joining a single league at once; before the Rockies and Marlins were added, the AL had 14 teams to the NL’s 12. When the Diamondbacks and Devil Rays joined the majors in 1998, the Brewers were shifted to the National League to keep the numbers even — 16 NL teams and 14 AL.

When, in 2013, interleague play became a daily occurrence instead of a specific chunk of calendar, the Astros shifted to the AL, setting up our current 15-team leagues. But of course, the daily interleague play plan won’t work anymore; no one’s flying back and forth across the country in this plan, which is specifically designed to avoid flying back and forth across the country.

A further consideration of aspects of the current proposals concerning the 2020 season.

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2020 at 01:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, arizona bubble league, florida, schedule

Strat-O-Matic’s 2020 Simulation Fills Void for Major League Baseball Fans

For many, checking the newspaper or heading online each day to read box scores and check updated standings is a cherished tradition during Major League Baseball season.

During the novel coronavirus pandemic, this fantasy sports game has created a means for baseball fans to fill the void each day while no games are being played.

Strat-O-Matic is in the midst of its first-ever daily simulation accessible online. According to research director John Garcia, who oversees the entire project, you won’t find another simulation with more intricate attention to detail and realistic results.

“People are just craving the game, any way that you can get it,” Garcia explained. “I think our sim in particular, the detail that goes into the lineups every day, the input we’re getting from others and just the research I’m putting in for the daily lineups and the bullpen and everything – it’s not matched by any of the other sims that are running.”

So, who’s up to engaging in statistical analysis of these games?

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, simulations, strat-o-matic

Monday, April 13, 2020

Should baseball come back this year?

And now, a few words considering the current proposal for the 2020 season:

This is a time of year typically spent with family. Many of us are celebrating Easter today. Many others have been celebrating Passover since Thursday. Whether it be a big Easter dinner or a Seder, or for any other holiday or occasion for that matter, we like to come together as family. Family is important.

That’s one of the many reasons that the various contingency plans being floated by MLB to resume the season in some capacity this year are bothering me. Whether it be the total lockdown in Arizona or playing out the season by continuing the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, resumption of play would hinge on the players, coaches and all imaginable support staff would need to be stringently monitored and quarantined. There would need to be regular testing, daily (if not more often) temperature-taking, constant disinfection of all surfaces, and social distancing at all possible times. The Arizona plan outright calls for players to be separated from their families.

That’s no way to live. The players would be treated like livestock or robots, not like people. It’s putting profit before common sense. There would need to be a small army of supporting workers (drivers, trainers, doctors, cooks, nutritionists, etc.) who would deserve the exact same level of care. Those workers would deserve a level of pay that would be appropriate for putting their lives in harm’s way.

Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated laid out all the problems better than I ever could. There are too many hurdles, too many loose ends, too many little cruelties.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, arizona bubble league, commentary

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