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Monday, June 22, 2020

MLB plans to implement up to 60-game season

2020 season quick facts:

Number of games: 60 games

Opening Day: Around July 24.

Spring Training: July 1—MLB asked the MLBPA on Monday whether players will be able to report to training in their respective cities within seven days, by July 1.

Number of teams in playoffs: 10

Salary structure: Full pro rata, which for 60 games means that players will earn around 37% of their full-season salary as long as the truncated schedule is completed…

What about other big on-the-field changes?

MLB and the union previously agreed to adopt the minor league rule for extra innings, beginning every half-inning after the ninth with a runner on second base, according to a report from USA Today. The rule is set for only the regular season and—for now, at least—for only 2020. The designated runner would be the person who made the final out in the prior half-inning. The pitcher would not be charged with an earned run if that runner crosses home plate; it would be scored as if that runner reached via error, according to USA Today.

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   1. flournoy Posted: June 22, 2020 at 11:57 PM (#5958895)
I will note that a season of zero games qualifies as a season of "up to 60 games."
   2. Zach Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:10 AM (#5958897)
July 24?

But I want baseball now!
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:22 AM (#5958899)
Show me a schedule!
   4. depletion Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:43 AM (#5958901)
Well they sure fooled me. I assume the stadiums will be empty of fans, just teams and support staff. With 10 playoff teams and a 60 game season, lots of teams will be in the mix until the last week or so. Sounds like fun. The extra innings rule sounds like fun as well.
   5. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:57 AM (#5958903)
Well, it's something. That extra inning rule is an abomination, but I can still enjoy the first nine innings.
   6. Buck Coats Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:05 AM (#5958904)
is the 10 playoff teams just the current "6 division winners plus 4 wild-card teams in a play-in" system?
   7. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:26 AM (#5958905)
5 - Agreed
6 - yes. no changes other than the ####### runner on second.
   8. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 06:53 AM (#5958918)
Already hate the extra inning rule. I’d prefer no extra innings until playoffs or if necessary, tie-breakers. Ok with allowing regular season tie games.
   9. Ron J Posted: June 23, 2020 at 07:03 AM (#5958920)
#8 Rock, paper, scissors as tie breakers? Fast and fair.

Or better still. Audience vote. That will drive engagement numbers.
   10. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:14 AM (#5958923)
I'll believe it when I see the players take the field. There was such an emphasis on the money that I lost track of how thought out the COVID-related safety protocols are. Remember COVID?

If the season does happen, with 60 games, I wonder if there will be live coverage of some of the season's defining moments:

- players on the cusp of joining the elite "15/15" club
- answers to the burning question, "Is the 8-game winner a thing of the past?"
- After that scalding 12-game hitting streak, will David Dahl be the first .400 hitter since Ted Williams?

Anyway, with 186 PAs being enough to qualify for the batting title, there are some really bizarre things that could happen.
   11. jmurph Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:28 AM (#5958925)
6 - yes. no changes other than the ####### runner on second.

I've seen elsewhere that the NL DH is a thing, too- it's actually part of the health protocols.
   12. jmurph Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:29 AM (#5958926)
I'm generally less riled up by commissioners than many around here, so I haven't formed much of an opinion of Manfred prior to this. But this whole thing has been a disaster, and I think he's going to do real, lasting harm to the game. (EDIT: At the owners' behest, of course. Not letting them off the hook.)
   13. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:39 AM (#5958927)
I've seen elsewhere that the NL DH is a thing, too- it's actually part of the health protocols.


This is 2020, so I'm sure somebody out there has twisted and mangled the logic to make a case that the DH rule is justified for health reasons. If you aren't asked to believe 6 impossible things before breakfast each day, you just aren't paying attention.

I thought, reading Manfred's statement last night, that he was including the universal DH as one of the things that wasn't going to happen since an agreement couldn't be reached, but we'll see.
   14. jmurph Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5958930)
I thought, reading Manfred's statement last night, that he was including the universal DH as one of the things that wasn't going to happen since an agreement couldn't be reached, but we'll see.

Trying and failing to find the thing I read last night, so you may be right.
   15. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 09:06 AM (#5958932)
I see it on my MLB phone app.

He lists universal DH for 2 years as a "player benefit" along with some other things, then says "the provisions listed above will not be operative."
   16. Jack Sommers Posted: June 23, 2020 at 09:28 AM (#5958933)
I've said numerous times in numerous places....whether they start or not, they won't finish.

SarsCov2 always has the last word.
   17. PreservedFish Posted: June 23, 2020 at 09:32 AM (#5958934)
Yes, the statement appeared to say "tough noogies player's union, you don't get that DH you want so much."
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 09:46 AM (#5958935)
The universal DH for 2020 was part of the health and protocols agreement and will be implemented for this season, but not 2021.
   19. jmurph Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:12 AM (#5958938)
The universal DH for 2020 was part of the health and protocols agreement and will be implemented for this season, but not 2021.

Aha, that's the tweet I saw last night. But there seems to be differing interpretations of that from other writers.
   20. TJ Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:15 AM (#5958939)
Start extra innings with a runner on second? Yay- more bunting!

Why not just use a variation of the old drill our coaches used on us? Put a runner on each base, including home. One team gets runners on first and third, the other second and home. Someone shouts, “Go!” The runners take off and try to catch the runner in front of them. Team that does so first wins...

With expanded rosters teams could keep two “Herb Washingtons” instead of two more relievers...
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:25 AM (#5958941)
So did the owners really screw this up? They could have taken the 70-game players offer and had (a) expanded playoffs and received hundreds of millions in extra revenue; (b) advertising on uniforms, and received tens of millions of dollars; (c) had players agree not to sue, saving potentially hundreds of millions of dollars. And to all that they said "no, that is an unacceptable proposal, because it requires to pay for 10 more games than we are offering. Huh? What am I missing from the owner's side? The salary advance forgiveness?
   22. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:35 AM (#5958942)
Here's how to handle extra innings:

Put runner on 2B. Put the ball at the furthest point of center field. Team on defense gets 3 players, an outfielder, a cutoff man, and a catcher. When the ump yells play ball, the runner takes off, the outfielder grabs the ball to throw it in. If the runner reaches home before the ball, his team wins, if the ball gets there first, the defense wins. Might need to calibrate a bit, if this is an impossible run then have the runner start 15 feet from 2B, whatever, until the odds are going to be 50/50.

One play, game is decided, and no team has to use any more pitchers.
   23. Adam Starblind Posted: June 23, 2020 at 11:41 AM (#5958947)
How about a mascot fight?
   24. Buck Coats Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:15 PM (#5958953)
I'm okay with putting a runner on 2b as long as that runner doesn't count and can't affect the game in any way
   25. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:19 PM (#5958954)
I just hope that someone hits .400 this year.
   26. Howie Menckel Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5958956)
Trevor Bauer
@BauerOutage
·
13h
So we gave up shares of playoff money, eliminating the qualifying offer for 2021, paycheck advance forgiveness, Covid 19 protections, and protection for non guaranteed arb contracts for next year in order to hold on to our right to file a grievance...
Thinking face
Thinking face
   27. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:28 PM (#5958957)
25--Yelich is an obvious but totally reasonable option. He's still in his peak, you know he's coming in ready to go and not having to lose any quarantine fat, already established as awesome, and has shown the past 2 seasons he can get super hot for stretches.

But is the ball same or dejuiced this season? Figure baseball will want offense so maybe the ball is JUICER. Hiura with 25 dingers in two months anyone?
   28. SandyRiver Posted: June 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM (#5958959)
Universal DH would eliminate the (low) possibility of a pitcher being the designated runner. Otherwise MLB would probably want an exception, say, fall back to the #8 batter.
   29. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:04 PM (#5958965)
@nathan_h_b

The MLB season is “scheduled” to start July 24th. From that date until the end of the season 2004 Ichiro hit .430/.467/.526. That is all.
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5958973)
So we gave up shares of playoff money, eliminating the qualifying offer for 2021, paycheck advance forgiveness, Covid 19 protections, and protection for non guaranteed arb contracts for next year in order to hold on to our right to file a grievance...
Thinking face
Thinking face
I can’t tell if this means he thinks the players made a bad decision or he’s implying that the players believe they will win a grievance and that the award will be worth more than all of those things combined.
   31. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5958977)
I have had 2 short seasons in 35+ years of simulation play. Both results of time constraints in my college years, the real life reason, but attributed to labor strife in the narrative.

Both times I had a .400 hitter, in every other season there has not been one. The first time was a 54 game season and a guy hit .403. The second was 120 games and the player hit .400 on the nose. Actually slightly under but rounded to .400, but he had over 600 PA so it seemed legit.
   32. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:41 PM (#5958978)
That extra inning rule is an abomination

I favour a shootout...a real shootout with guns. (That'll teach 'em to play for a tie...!)
   33. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:42 PM (#5958979)
If teams lose as much money as they say they will and full fan attendance looks iffy for 2021, teams will be in extreme cost cutting mode. Players might not have to worry about qualifying offers.

Oh, Dodgers will make one to Mookie, but Bauer might have bigger worries than that.
   34. Karl from NY Posted: June 23, 2020 at 02:51 PM (#5958996)
How about a mascot fight?

It would be impossible to stay 6 feet distance from Mr. Met's head...
   35. John Northey Posted: June 23, 2020 at 03:27 PM (#5959007)
I found 2 cases of Jays who hit 400+ over 60 games = John Olerud in 1993 and Tony Fernandez in 1999. I'm sure every team has players who did that - I'd assume George Brett, Tony Gwynn, and Wade Boggs each did it a few times as did Ichiro. Josh Hamilton in 2010 did it from June 1st to August 10th - 415/459/714. Most recent I could quickly find.
   36. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 03:51 PM (#5959016)
Larry Walker hit .417/.514/.787 in the team's first 60 games in 1997.

Andres Galarrata hit .403/.433/.643 in 1993

Paul O'Neill hit .417/.513/.695 in 1994
   37. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:04 PM (#5959020)
Q: is the new 26 man roster w/ 13 pitchers and 13 position players in for this year?
   38. Rally Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:12 PM (#5959022)
Rod Carew hit .411 in the first 60 Angel games of 1983. He was 37. Just starting to slump too, he was over .450 2 weeks before that.
   39. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:23 PM (#5959028)

Q: is the new 26 man roster w/ 13 pitchers and 13 position players in for this year?


It was supposed to be, but I had heard they'll expand to 30 this year, at least to start the season.
   40. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:26 PM (#5959030)
oh hell that's right.
   41. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:31 PM (#5959034)
The first time was a 54 game season and a guy hit .403. The second was 120 games and the player hit .400 on the nose. Actually slightly under but rounded to .400, but he had over 600 PA so it seemed legit.

Who and who?
   42. giannis Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:56 PM (#5959046)
10.
If the season does happen, with 60 games, I wonder if there will be live coverage of some of the season's defining moments:

- After that scalding 12-game hitting streak, will David Dahl be the first .400 hitter since Ted Williams?

Anyway, with 186 PAs being enough to qualify for the batting title, there are some really bizarre things that could happen.

Tried to come up with the funniest list of recent players who've hit .400 over 186 PAs, for the hell of it:

Jason Kipnis: .416 over 227 PAs in May-June 2015
Frank Catalanotto: .421 over 176 PAs in August-September 2001
Jeffrey Hammonds: .400 over 185 PAs in May-June 2000
Jose Vidro: .401 over 178 PAs in June-July 2001
Marco Scutaro: .402 over 184 PAs in May-June 2013
Joey Cora: .404 over 194 PAs in May-June 1997
Joe Randa: .400 over 179 PAs in June-July 1999
Richardo Hidalgo: .405 over 187 PAs in August-Septebmer 2000
Chone Figgins: .400 over 179 PAs in May-June 2007
JT Snow: .411 over 180 PAs in July-August 2004
Justin Turner: .401 over 183 PAs in April-June 2017
Melky Cabrera: .411 over 189 PAs in May-June 2012
Chase Utley: .404 over 183 PAs in July-August 2006
Lenny Dykstra: .407 over the first 238 PAs of 1990
Brett Butler: .421 over 190 PAs in July-August 1992
   43. Howie Menckel Posted: June 23, 2020 at 06:08 PM (#5959074)
Bob Nightengale:

#MLB and the #MLBPA continue to exchange ideas with the health and safety protocols. There are no major snags. The union already informed MLB that it plans to play, and be in spring training camps by July 1 with a 60-game season starting July 24-26 weekend.

https://twitter.com/BNightengale/sta...43632540364800
   44. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:01 PM (#5959107)
Start extra innings with a runner on second?

#### ROB ####### MANFRED THAT ####### PIECE OF ####!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   45. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:41 PM (#5959113)
Karl Ravech
@karlravechespn
·
11m
The deal is done between MLbPa and Mlb on health and safety protocols. Game on
!!!
   46. Howie Menckel Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:56 PM (#5959115)
Jayson Stark
@jaysonst
·
1h
More adjusted rules:
*To be eligible for postseason, players must be added to big-league roster by 9/15
*Season will start with 30-man rosters. Down to 28 after 2 weeks, 26 after 4 weeks.
*Pitchers/catchers report to camp first, then position players.


Jayson Stark
@jaysonst
There will be a trade deadline this season, sources say. It will be Aug. 31.
7:23 PM · Jun 23, 2020

   47. flournoy Posted: June 23, 2020 at 08:57 PM (#5959116)
The universal DH [...] will be implemented for this season, but not 2021.


Just curious: does anyone believe the part about "not 2021?"
   48. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5959119)
Jon Heyman
@JonHeyman
·
6m
Plan is for teams to play 40 games in division and 20 games interleague with their geographic counterpart (East vs. East, etc.) #MLB
2-game series for interleague games not ideal, but it’s 2020.
   49. frannyzoo Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:02 PM (#5959131)
I'm looking and not finding info on COVID safety and airports/transport. Is this not an issue, e.g., teams fly private planes, land and have no contact with others in airport, are completed sequestered at hotels?
   50. Howie Menckel Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5959136)
Charlie Blackmon tests positive.

I'd like to tell you that his fantasy baseball owners will be upset.

did I mention that I'd like to tell you that?
   51. giannis Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:40 PM (#5959138)
A few other randoms with a .400 "season" over 176 PAs:

Pat Tabler: .435 in 178 PAs from July to September, 1986
Joe Cunningham, .401 over 181 PAs from July to August, 1959
Bob Dillinger: .414 over 196 PAs from June to July, 1949
Milt Thompson: .446 over 179 PAs from July to August, 1987
Carney Lansford: .418 over 186 PAs from April to June, 1988
Bill Buckner: .405 over 176 PAs from August to September, 1982
Tito Francona: .442 over 176 PAs from June to July, 1959
Willie Davis: .417 over 176 PAs from August to September, 1969
Jim Gilliam: .410 over 177 PAs from June to July, 1959
   52. flournoy Posted: June 23, 2020 at 11:10 PM (#5959143)
Is this not an issue, e.g., teams fly private planes, land and have no contact with others in airport, are completed sequestered at hotels?


My understanding is that the team shuttles take them directly from the team hotel to the plane that the team has chartered.
   53. frannyzoo Posted: June 23, 2020 at 11:54 PM (#5959151)
Thanks, Flournoy. So the team has only contact with hotel staff that has been tested, in a hotel with zero others (or that those others have also been tested), and with plane staff similarly tested? Lack of contact tracing, so to speak, here is quite different than in Korea (due to suppressed spread) and NBA with the Orlando so-called "bubble."
   54. Sleepy was just “inspecting the bunker”, y’all Posted: June 24, 2020 at 12:10 AM (#5959156)
I can’t tell if this means he thinks the players made a bad decision or he’s implying that the players believe they will win a grievance and that the award will be worth more than all of those things combined.
It’s Trevor Bauer, so it’s probably safe to read it in the whiniest way possible.

This does feel like it will be a case study in how to lose-lose a negotiation in future MBA programs.
   55. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 24, 2020 at 12:35 AM (#5959164)
In 1980, George Brett hit .463 over 50 consecutive games (232 PA) and .469 over 60 non-consecutive games (275 PA; he got hurt in mid-July).
   56. Tim M Posted: June 24, 2020 at 11:55 AM (#5959236)
Start extra innings with a runner on second


I've asked this before, but now it really is gonna happen. So bottom of the 9th, 2 out, 0 on, no-hit speed demon like Billy Hamilton at bat. Do you order him to strike out so he can start the 10th as the runner on 2B?
   57. Rally Posted: June 24, 2020 at 11:59 AM (#5959237)
You don't need to issue orders to have Billy Hamilton make an out.

Kind of like waking up at dawn and shouting "Rise!" to the sun.
   58. Rally Posted: June 24, 2020 at 12:02 PM (#5959239)
Let's look at it from the other side: Will the defensive team intentionally walk Billy?
   59. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 24, 2020 at 12:21 PM (#5959241)
Do you order him to strike out so he can start the 10th as the runner on 2B?


probably not

Let's look at it from the other side: Will the defensive team intentionally walk Billy?


No way.

Here's a fun one. Through his first 63 innings in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela had a 0.29 ERA.
   60. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: June 24, 2020 at 12:38 PM (#5959242)
Here's a fun one. Through his first 63 innings in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela had a 0.29 ERA.

Another: from June 2 to July 30, 1968 (about a 60-game stretch), Bob Gibson started & won 12 complete games - 108 IP, 0.50 ERA.
   61. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: June 24, 2020 at 12:49 PM (#5959244)
Those George Brett numbers are insane.
   62. Greg Pope Posted: June 24, 2020 at 01:23 PM (#5959256)
Universal DH would eliminate the (low) possibility of a pitcher being the designated runner. Otherwise MLB would probably want an exception, say, fall back to the #8 batter.

What happens if you pulled the last guy for a defensive replacement? His replacement just goes to 2nd base? I assume that in any case you can probably use a pinch runner under the normal pinch runner rules.
   63. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 24, 2020 at 01:58 PM (#5959267)
Another thing that will be different in 2020 - very few weekday day games. With most travel regionalized in the same time zone, there won’t be much need for getaway day early starts, and the TV ratings & revenue should be considerably higher for night games.
   64. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 24, 2020 at 02:02 PM (#5959272)
If not already posted somewhere, link to

Major League Baseball's 2020 Operations Manual

(scroll down)
   65. majorflaw Posted: June 24, 2020 at 03:00 PM (#5959285)
“I can’t tell if this means he thinks the players made a bad decision or he’s implying that the players believe they will win a grievance and that the award will be worth more than all of those things combined.”

Why not both? The players do believe—with good reason—that they will win a grievance and that such a win might get all players under contract paid in full for the entire season. Bauer disagrees with that decision, pointing out all the players are giving up to retain the grievance. Bauer is one of those people who just hate unions, including the one to which he belongs. Fortunately for the players they have chosen to be guided by Max Scherzer, who has a much better understanding of the forces at play.

As I understand things, the owners have imposed this sixty game season on the players without agreement. They do have the ability to do so however such a season would have to be followed by a conventional (3 division winners plus two wild cards in each league) postseason as extending/expanding the postseason would require an agreement.

What concerns me as a fan isn’t the loss of the 2020 season but what these negotiations and the inability to reach an agreement may foretell about negotiations for the next CBA. Folks on both sides appear to be digging in for a long haul.
   66. Karl from NY Posted: June 24, 2020 at 03:07 PM (#5959288)
So bottom of the 9th, 2 out, 0 on, no-hit speed demon like Billy Hamilton at bat. Do you order him to strike out so he can start the 10th as the runner on 2B?

You let him try to hit. If he reaches 1B, you have him steal 2B before the batter swings at anything. If he makes it, then great you've got him on 2B an inning early. If he fails, then that's the same as the intentional out anyway.
   67. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: June 24, 2020 at 05:11 PM (#5959317)
If he makes it, then great you've got him on 2B an inning early.


With two outs instead of no outs.

I can't believe they're going for this. It's stupider and more gimmicky than even the DH.
   68. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 24, 2020 at 05:16 PM (#5959319)
It's stupider and more gimmicky than even the DH.

That's the commissioner's middle name!
   69. Ron J Posted: June 24, 2020 at 05:18 PM (#5959320)
Turns out players can opt out with pay and service time if, "by virtue of their age and/or medical history, are at a materially higher risk of developing severe illness of complications from COVID-19 exposure"

Story
   70. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 24, 2020 at 05:40 PM (#5959321)
Turns out players can opt out with pay and service time if, "by virtue of their age
So, Pujols?
   71. Rally Posted: June 24, 2020 at 05:42 PM (#5959322)
All well and good, but Bartolo Colon doesn’t have a contract to opt out of.
   72. Howie Menckel Posted: June 24, 2020 at 07:15 PM (#5959340)
Ken Rosenthal
@Ken_Rosenthal
The PA advised agents today that #BlueJays are asking Canadian gov’t for permission to play season in TOR and expect to hear in next day or two. If they get that approval, they will make request to conduct spring training in TOR, which might take additional 3 to 5 days to secure.
5:52 PM · Jun 24, 2020
   73. Walt Davis Posted: June 25, 2020 at 08:33 AM (#5959397)
Will the defensive team intentionally walk Billy?

Then he tries to steal 2nd. If successful he tries to steal 3rd. If successful and not 2 strikes on the batter, he tries to steal home. So either he scores the winning run or he's the runner on for the 10th. Obviously that depends on the batter but if the battter is good enough you have to worry about Hamilton scoring on a 2-out hit, you obviously don't walk him to begin with because he is very likely to successfully steal 2nd.

Turns out players can opt out with pay and service time if, "by virtue of their age and/or medical history, are at a materially higher risk of developing severe illness of complications from COVID-19 exposure"

They can also opt out without pay and service time whether at higher risk or not then (it seems) just pick up their contract where it was. Other than love of baseball, there's really not much reason for Trout or any of the other guys with big money contracts to play. I mean it will cost them $10 M but if you've still got another guaranteed $200 M coming your way ...

So, Pujols?

Are there any diabetics currently playing? There must surely be some with high blood pressure. There are concerns for those with moderate and severe asthma although I don't know if anybody in MLB has moderate/severe asthma. I wonder if it extends to spouses and children with health problems or would the player be expected to isolate from them under those circumstances?

I guess most of the really old managers/coaches have been cleared out of the game but I assume, say, Joe Maddon could get an exemption with pay if he asked out due to age.
   74. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2020 at 09:57 AM (#5959409)
Scott Alexander, Jordan Hicks, and Adam Duvall have diabetes, Carlos Carrasco had leukemia, Kenley Jansen had a heart issue, Sean Doolittle has respiratory issues, Scott Oberg has an immune disorder, Jake Diekman has an inflammatory bowel disorder, David Dahl had his spleen removed, Chad Bettis, Tim Hill and Jon Lester are cancer survivors - that are just a few of the players with underlying health conditions.
   75. Rally Posted: June 25, 2020 at 10:14 AM (#5959410)
Brandon Morrow is a type 1 diabetic (I'd think type 2 would be extremely rare for an elite athlete). He was under contract but injured last year, looks like he's on a minor league deal for 2020. Anthony Rizzo is another cancer survivor.
   76. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 25, 2020 at 10:17 AM (#5959411)
Brandon Morrow is a type 1 diabetic
Oh, there's no way Brandon Morrow is going to throw a pitch in 2020, but diabetes ain't got nothin' to do with it.
   77. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2020 at 04:29 PM (#5959509)
If a team starts the year like 10-20, is there a possibility its top players decide "nah, not gonna risk it anymore" and opt out at that point?
   78. Greg Pope Posted: June 25, 2020 at 05:30 PM (#5959518)
If a team starts the year like 10-20, is there a possibility its top players decide "nah, not gonna risk it anymore" and opt out at that point?

I assumed that players had to decide before the start of the season. Obviously any player could at any point decide not to play, but in order to get the pay and the service time they have to declare themselves out for the whole season, I think.
   79. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2020 at 06:35 PM (#5959528)
Teams will be allowed to schedule up to three exhibition games. No scouting of taxi squad workouts or intra-squad games, and still undecided as to whether in-person scouting will be allowed at all. Seems like socially-distanced scouting isn’t that difficult, and teams that are good at advance scouting would lose a competitive advantage if its banned. Some folks are also likely to be laid off or paid less if there’s no work for them.

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