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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #50 on: March 25, 2020, 09:38:33 AM »
Besides L.A., I feel like all of the cities with strong MLB fandom are in the Northeast or Midwest too and they'd be almost entirely excluded from hosting playoff games.

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« Reply #51 on: March 25, 2020, 10:12:18 AM »
If there's a shorten season, just make 40 game season where everyone plays within the division.
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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #52 on: March 26, 2020, 12:16:57 AM »
There are rumblings that MLB is looking to kick the season to start in June with players advocating for possibly 2 doubleheaders a week to try and squeeze enough games in.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2020, 01:43:24 AM »
I'm not going to do a deep dive right now but people interested should check out schedules from the 1945 season. Teams played an insane number of doubleheaders, I counted 44 for the Phillies and Washington Senators.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2020, 04:34:14 AM »
I feel the safest way to get as close to a full schedule in would be to play in empty Spring Training ballparks. No interleague, put the AL in Florida and NL in Arizona or vice versa, whichever one makes most sense. It would cut down on travel, you could even have multiple games in the same ballparks on the same day if you needed to.

Probably means no minor league season, but teams could keep their minor leaguers at a training facility and play simulated games or whatever to keep them fresh if they need to call anyone up.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #55 on: March 26, 2020, 04:54:52 AM »
I will be blown away if there are any games at this point.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #56 on: March 26, 2020, 05:04:53 AM »
I'm not expecting any before July. I just think that everyone will want to get some kind of games in, even if its not a "legitimate" season.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2020, 05:13:26 AM »
I'm guessing we'll get truncated empty stadium spring training by June then (possible empty stadium) games in July but who the hell knows?


Random historical question that I'm curious about. When the MLB Strike happened in 1994, was the rest of the minor league season canceled as well?

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #58 on: March 26, 2020, 06:11:38 AM »
I'm guessing we'll get truncated empty stadium spring training by June then (possible empty stadium) games in July but who the hell knows?


Random historical question that I'm curious about. When the MLB Strike happened in 1994, was the rest of the minor league season canceled as well?
Quite the opposite. Players who aren't part of the MLBPA don't strike, and that covers most minor league players. So in 1994 (and 1981 for that matter) the minor leagues kept playing and a certain ex-NBA star in Birmingham drew quite a bit of increased interest for that reason. In 1981 the resumption of the Red Wings/Paw Sox game drew national attention because the majors were on strike at the time.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #59 on: March 27, 2020, 04:41:20 AM »
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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2020, 10:43:00 AM »
See ya in 2021, maybe.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #61 on: March 31, 2020, 02:59:43 AM »
MLB has agreed to pay minor league players $400 a week plus all medical benefits, at least through May 31st.

Glad they stepped up and did the right thing. Even though it is obviously not much, isn't $400 a week a significant pay raise for lower level minors, alkeiper?

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« Reply #62 on: March 31, 2020, 04:00:05 AM »
MLB has agreed to pay minor league players $400 a week plus all medical benefits, at least through May 31st.

Glad they stepped up and did the right thing. Even though it is obviously not much, isn't $400 a week a significant pay raise for lower level minors, alkeiper?
It's a little more than $100 extra a week for some players and more for probably most players. AAA players not on 40 man rosters get a bit of a pay cut.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #63 on: April 01, 2020, 03:56:41 AM »

Ah yes the year we won't have any baseball, I'll finally be able to see the Dodgers play.
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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #64 on: April 01, 2020, 04:37:05 AM »
As far as I know, the Cubs' new Marquee Sports Network doesn't have any sort if deal struck with Comcast yet.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #65 on: April 01, 2020, 04:40:59 AM »
I know Ricketts toady Crane Kenney kept saying there would be a deal by opening day, but that felt like bullshit. I didn't think they were gonna get anything done until next year even before the Coronavirus. I think both the Ricketts and Comcast are so stubborn that I would be surprised if a deal gets made anytime soon.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #67 on: April 06, 2020, 06:52:27 AM »
Al Kaline has died at age 85

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #68 on: April 06, 2020, 07:05:30 AM »
Al Kaline has died at age 85

Such a bummer. I get that he lived a long life, but he was such a great guy for the Tigers organization. Was very public and friendly with fans. My dad’s favorite ball player.

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Re: MLB Spring Training 2020
« Reply #69 on: April 06, 2020, 11:44:04 AM »
I feel the safest way to get as close to a full schedule in would be to play in empty Spring Training ballparks. No interleague, put the AL in Florida and NL in Arizona or vice versa, whichever one makes most sense. It would cut down on travel, you could even have multiple games in the same ballparks on the same day if you needed to.

Probably means no minor league season, but teams could keep their minor leaguers at a training facility and play simulated games or whatever to keep them fresh if they need to call anyone up.
https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/ap-sources-mlb-union-discuss-playing-games-arizona/

This was kind of the idea I had. I get that Florida is probably going to be too much of a mess to be able to do anything there.