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.
We have added Hulu and Disney+ to our Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Fire Stick options. I may never go outside again. I have added Impractical Jokers to my viewing schedule. I forgot how funny this show is.
The June 10th and July 1st dates that surfaced last week were not rumors. Nor were they actual, set in stone start up dates for spring training 2 and opening day. They were reasonable, possible target dates that were fluid in nature. They were on a sliding scale that could move forward (not likely) or backward (very likely) depending on the pandemic.
It would be silly to think that baseball would not be discussing start dates and preparations well in advance of any actual start date. They wouldn’t wait until June 6th, for instance, to decide that baseball was going to start on the dates above. Many people have to be notified. All sorts of logistics have to be worked out. In fact, I’m sure that all 30 front offices have been working on multiple plans for a restart. And I’m sure that those plans covered May, June , July, and August start dates; Florida, Arizona, home, and neutral sites; and many other aspects including cost.
All preparations may be moot if MLB and the MLBPA can’t come to an agreement about money. MLB wants to pro-rate players’ salaries on games played. The MLBPA wants to avoid giving anymore salary back. Assuming baseball CAN continue this season, this will likely be the “petard that either side is willing to be hoisted”. (Apologies to Shakespeare).
The owners have all the leverage. They can afford to NOT play a season. The players already agreed to one salary cut. Whether they agree to a further cuts or decide to NOT play, the players will have to face the likelihood of a contentious negotiation over a new CBA, and the possibility of a work action next spring. Tough to imagine players doing that after ceding the rest of this season’s salary instead of accepting the owners’ demands.
As was mentioned in the Comments Section last week, it is true that the players down here are only using the fields. They are not using the facilities like the batting cages or weight room. They are not entering the club house or buildings in any way. It was a courtesy since so many outdoor facilities were closed. Safer to allow them to play catch on unused Complex fields rather than in parking lots and tennis courts. The group throwing on Bowa Field included Mr. S’s relation, the pitcher he mentioned, and 3 other “starting” pitchers – V,P,A (I think).
Oh, look! A transaction. RHP Jason Lott was assigned to GCL Phillies East.
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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
- 5/7/2020 – RHP Jason Lott assigned to GCL Phillies East.