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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

How a Baseball Summer Turned Into ‘Groundhog Day’

That dissonance is just a sliver of this strange summer for the Spitters, whose season, like that of every other sports team in the country, has been defined by the coronavirus pandemic. For the Spitters, defending Northwoods League champions, that means a shortened schedule with no travel and, crucially, games against the Resorters, and only the Resorters, all summer long.

In MLB history, the longest streak of consecutive games between two teams is 12, between the Boston Beaneaters and Philadelphia Phillies in September 1903, after the deadly bleacher collapse at the Baker Bowl a month prior had scattered the Phillies’ schedule. (In the short-lived Federal League, the Buffalo Buffeds and Baltimore Terrapins played 13 consecutive games in July 1914.) The Spitters and Resorters more than tripled that MLB record, matching up in 41 consecutive games, the final 40 coming in a span of just 47 days.

“It’s a little bit like Groundhog Day,” says Mickey Graham, the Spitters’ general manager. Resorters manager Steve Cutter observes, “We’re just in the same spot. So, we see the same walls and we see the same office and the same field.” And the same opponents, who ran away in the two-team standings, as the Spitters went 34-7 in those matchups.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2020 at 11:54 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: September 09, 2020 at 05:02 PM (#5975400)
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 09, 2020 at 07:45 PM (#5975431)
The Northwoods League is one of a number of summer circuits around the country, stretching from the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts—site of the much-derided Freddie Prinze Jr. movie Summer Catch—to the Alaska Baseball League in the Last Frontier. They’re where college kids with a dream of getting drafted go to ply their craft between college seasons, impress a scout or two, and experiment with a wood bat for possibly the first time.
. . .
Yet while most other summer leagues throughout the country decided to cancel their full seasons, Northwoods League leadership delegated to the individual teams, which spread across seven states. That dispersal meant more complications, with varying health restrictions in each place—but also opportunity, because the league could set up “pods” of a few teams each rather than cram hundreds of athletes into one small place, as on the Cape.
I wonder if any of those laid off MLB scouts might be doing some under-the-table Northwoods League scouting.

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