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Matt Reed
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Preseason in June.  82 game regular season to start in July.  Additional roster spots and the DH in the National League.  Expanded playoffs. 

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Baseball has historically been a tangible sense of recovery and
determination...WW2...9/11...whether you're a fan or not, it has an impact
beyond just the 9 innings played, and mores than other sports, it has an almost
mythic atmosphere about it. I think successfully returning to some kind of
regular presence can be a huge positive impact psychologically and
emotionally for people. The proposed plan incorporates a lot of ideas that
MLB has been bouncing around as a way to re-invigorate the game (not that I
personally think it's needed), and this opportunity is a way of making lemonade
from a bad situation and trying some of that out. The DH, the re-alignments,
the playoff changes. I've personally been a proponent of a shorter game
season for a while. As much as I love baseball, having games snowed out or
having to dress to attend Opening Day like I'm at an NFL Playoff game in
Chicago in January...it just isn't fun, which is what baseball is supposed to be.
There are logistics behind some of the financial things, but in the end
everybody wants to start and everybody wants to get paid at least something.
Odds are you won't see fans for a while...which, as a Cubs season ticket holder
I both understand and am bummed about...but I they can manage a way to
start playing and keep all involved (and families) safe and healthy, I'm all for it.
I know there will be player comments about wanting to get paid big because
they'd be at risk...undertstandable, but my girlfriend and I are, and have been,
at much bigger risk for a lot longer by working in healthcare and treating (or
trying to prevent) people...as have a lot of other healthcare providers (and
essential workers making minimum wage daily in grocery stores)...so I think
that hump should be put in perspective and gotten over. The proposed
revenue share...again, it's a great early test for things that have already been in
discussion (albeit there are a lot more issues around that than are part of this
specific plan)...and given the situation, I think everyone just has to concede
options are limited and if this is going to happen, everyone has to make
compromises.
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What's the logic of an expanded playoff? If they have
that much time to kill why not just a longer regular
season?
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Posted: 12 May 2020 at 8:25am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Some states might balk at it.  I'd rather people be safe rather than see baseball.  Right now, the NFL is more likely to happen than MLB.
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In a shortened season, chance plays a bigger factor in the races than usual. An
expanded playoff scenario does a few things: generates a broadened interest,
generates more national coverage and TV money (national TV money is split
equally, so your Tampas, White Sox and other teams will see a better revenue
stream for the season, which is in the best interest of MLB), and is a trial run
for ideas floating around the next CBA. A lot of the "different" stuff you'll see
if this proposed season happens is something of a trial run for future CBA
options. Also...playoff sports just overall generates more interest. I rarely
watch NCAA basketball until March.
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It will be interesting to see how much MLB tries to abide by normal COVID-19 rules versus being completely traditional in their approach. From the start I've felt baseball was the sport with the best chance to resume assuming fanless stadiums. On the field, you already have automatic social distancing a fair amount of the time based on the spread of the players. Yes, men get on base and there are tag plays and occasional player overlaps and all of that is problematic. If it were me, I'd have the first baseman wear a mask because there is SO much action in that one spot and more baserunners there than all the other bases combined. Obviously I doubt they'll do that for optics. The guy at the plate is definitely not properly distanced but at least he's not facing the catcher, who is not facing the ump, etc. and they're in an open space. Could they modify the catcher and ump masks to make them more COVID-19 resistant since they stand next to each other all game? I have a feeling no other players will wear masks at all and obviously the 6 feet rule will be broken regularly, though I think that could be maintained 90% of the time if they wanted. The dugout is close quarters but I'm guessing they can figure something out if they want (have some players sitting in the foul territory? Perhaps that's too blasphemous.)   

Bottom line, it's a good acid test for the other leagues. If baseball can keep players from getting sick, it will bolster arguments that other leagues can come back in some fashion as well. Of course, if things go badly, the reverse is true.
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I will take any baseball that I can get! I'm watching repeats of Dodgers games
on SportsNet LA!




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If they let everyone use the DH that's a distinct
advantage for the AL which doesn't seem fair. That
might actually be an advantage for my Reds who have an
overcrowded outfield but most NL teams aren't built for
that.
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I'm not at all a fan of the DH in the NL (or in general), but the writing hs been
on the wall for a while now. I'm sure it's part of what the Phillies were thinking
with the length of the Harper contract.
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There's only one way this could work:

Any player not on the field stays in the clubhouse until needed.  Only 1 or 2 coaches, plus the manager, are actually on the bench.  Players on the field can remain on the bench when their team is batting, remaining away from one another as best as possible.  Relief pitchers also need to practice the same distancing techniques.

Zero fans.  Period.

Otherwise, it could get "messy".
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It occurs to me that you have an empty stadium so another place the players could comfortably spread out while they wait their turn at the plate is in those massive empty stands. Safer to be outdoors, anyway.
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Hopefully this eradicates the jamboree of spitting that baseball previously operated under.
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