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.
Dropped Glee from the TV rotation. Aside from a tiring story line, I looked ahead, and these high school kids are in all seven seasons. Doesn’t anyone graduate? Some of these characters were juniors and seniors in season one. I watched season one of Twin Peaks. Meh. Started season two, the murder was solved in season one. Came to the conclusion that season two is stupid and just trying to capitalize on the popularity of season one. Dropping this one before the end of episode two.
I see the rumors are starting to pick up some intensity. Keep calm. I’m starting to hear some things from my sources. Everything is still dependent on the availability of meds and testing. But, the almighty dollar will likely win out. FWIW, I’ve heard that some minor leaguers are down here working out. Some of them are rehabbers who remained and others are the Venezuelans who were stranded when their country closed airports before we sent foreign players home. There are about 3 dozen, working out in groups of 8-9 on the back fields. I don’t think they are allowed in the club house. I think they just make use of the field.
(Update: I had to go to the pharmacy Monday, so I drove past the Complex. Fromj 19, I could see a group of individuals on Schmidt Field, so I pulled around to the Complex parking lot. I caught up with a friend, one of the guards. I could see some activity from the parking lot, looked like fielding ground balls in the OF or at 2B. We spoke for some time at a social acceptable distance, 8 feet. I also wore a mask. While we talked, 8 players and 2-3 Complex staffers left. I recognized Muzziotti, Yanez, and Cedeno, so the story I heard is true.)
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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