If MLB decides to expand the number of teams in order to recoup some of their losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few interesting topics to explore. Two would be which cities would receive franchises and who would teams protect in the resulting expansion draft. Continue reading What if There is Expansion?
Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone continues to be well. This is week eleven of my self-imposed quarantine. I began “shelter-in-place” on Friday, March 13th. Since then I have ventured out thrice. Once to visit the local market, and twice to pick up prescriptions. On all three occasions, I drove past the Carpenter Complex, stopping twice to talk to the security guard while maintaining proper social distancing. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 25th
I hope everyone continues to be well. This is week ten of my self-quarantine.
For weeks now, the owners have been negotiating through the media with leaks by anonymous sources. They have determined what the solution should be without talking to the MLBPA, and have painted the players in a negative fashion.
When they finally notified the MLBPA, public opinion was already set. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 18th
I hope everyone continues to be well. This is week nine of my self-quarantine. I am a longer-haired, bearded mess. I am growing accustomed to not going outside. I am sleeping later because I am staying up later. If baseball were to return to Clearwater, I think would have difficulty getting back on my regular baseball schedule. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 11th
I hope everyone continues to be well. This is week eighth of my self-quarantine. I am a long-haired, bearded mess. Florida opened pools last Thursday. Beaches open Monday. Restaurants can open at 25% capacity indoors, six-foot distancing outside. I’m still not going out for the foreseeable future. My wife and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on the 1st and the 24th anniversary of the night we met on the 4th (Springfield Inn, Sea Isle City, NJ). We’ll venture out to celebrate when it is safer for people at risk like the two of us. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 4th
I hope everyone is well and continuing to practice social distancing. I am in the 7th week of self-quarantine. I haven’t been outside in over two weeks. I’m not going out for the foreseeable future. I’ve been under the weather again. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 27th
While researching some things, I came across Kid Gleason’s stat line one season. You may remember Gleason as the manager of the Chicago White Sox during the Black Sox scandle. He was the likable manager in the movie Eight Men Out who told Charles Comiskey he thought the series might be fixed. He was played by John Mahoney, Kelsey Grammer’s father in the sitcom Frasier. Continue reading Kid Gleason
I hope everyone is well and continuing to practice social distancing. I am in the 6th week of self-quarantine. I ventured out to Winn Dixie last week for some groceries. I got sick that night. Nothing too serious, it passed overnight, but I won’t be going out again any time soon. One of the side benefits is that while sitting on the couch, eating meals, snacking, and watching Netflix I’ve managed to lose over ten pounds. Go figure. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 20th
I hope everyone is well, safe, and practicing safe social distancing. I am in the 4th week of self-quarantine. Yes, when they closed the Complex to visitors back on March 13th, I had no reason to go … anywhere. I’m growing my hair and beard out until baseball returns, or until my wife tires of the look. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 6th
Baseball passed an important bottleneck last Friday when the owners agreed to accept an agreement reached by MLB and the players’ association. The deal covered many concerns of both groups. Foremost were player salaries, liability, and service time. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 29th