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.
A added Glee to my TV show rotation. I avoided it was first broadcast, but I have liked Jane Lynch’s characters over the years. Thought I would give it a look. May not get past the first season.
Speaking of first seasons, I binge watched Breaking Bad a year ago. As much as I liked the show, I don’t know how it survived its first season.
Saw you all talking about baseball movies last week. I’m not going to enter the discussion about the best baseball movies. But, I would like to suggest a baseball documentary. I found it very interesting and informative. It’s titled “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”. It’s the story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball franchise in the Northwest League back in the 70s. It’s a refreshing story. It ends with MLB being the bad guy, no surprise.
In organization news, Reading’s Kirsten Karbach has moved on. She accepted a position with Pitch In For Baseball & Softball. It’s a global, non-profit organization that collects and redistributes baseball and softball equipment to kids in need. Please join me in wishing her well.
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March 17, 2020 – Start date for minor league spring training games March 2020 – Americas Qualifier in Arizona (2020 Olympics qualifier) March 23, 2020 – Final spring training home game v. Rays March 26, 2020 – Phillies’ opening day at Miami, active roster reduced to 26 players March/April 2020 – At-Large Qualifier in Taiwan (2020 Olympics qualifier) April 2, 2020 – Phillies’ home opener v. Milwaukee TBD, 2020 – Tentative restart of spring training TBD, 2020 – Tentative opening of 2020 MLB season TBD, 2020 – Tentative opening of MiLB season June 10-12, 2021 – Amateur draft in Omaha, NE June 15, 2020 – International amateur signing period closes July 2, 2020 – International amateur signing period opens July 10, 2020 – Deadline for drafted players to sign, except for players who have exhausted college eligibility July 14,2020 – All-Star Game at Los Angeles July 31, 2020 – Last day during the season to trade a player August 31, 2020 – Last day to be contracted to an organization and be eligible for postseason roster September 1, 2020 — Active rosters expand to 28 players