Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc with MLB schedules
The MLB Washington Nationals have one player (Soto) with the coronavirus; the Phillies have two crew with the virus. The Miami Marlins has more than half of the team testing positive. They have 18 players and two coaches infected.
Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals found two positive cases and on Saturday, an additional two tested positive. This caused the postponement of the Cards Brewers weekend series. The Baltimore series with the Miami Marlins was postponed along with the Yankees Phillies series at Citizen’s Bank Park.
So far, MLB has postponed 17 games in an everchanging baseball schedule. The word postponed may be misplaced because some of these games may end up being canceled because there are so few off days during this short season.
“It is what the public health experts have been saying from the beginning about this, that there is no one big magic fix,” Manfred told the AP.
“The protocols are a series of little things that people need to do. We’ve had some problems. In order to be better, it’s another series of little things. I think it’s peer pressure. I think it’s players taking personal responsibility. I think it’s the union helping us like Tony Clark helped us yesterday. And I think it’s us managing more aggressively.”
New York Yankees lead all of baseball
The New York Yankees had their sixth win in seven games last night at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won their series with the World Champion Nationals. In rescheduled games, they swept the Baltimore Orioles and have won the first two of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.
Yankee pitching, for the most part, has been great and the lineup has proven that it is a powerhouse. Last night Aaron Judge hit a home run for the fourth long ball in consecutive games. Gio Urshela hit a Grand Slam in the win. The Yankees so far have produced 72% of their run via the home run.
This season is starting out the way they wished it had last year, with all players healthy. Minus two pitchers everyone else is healthy and they have no present players with coronavirus. So far the star of the year is Giancarlo Stanton that is starting out much as he did in his 2017 MVP season. If Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez stay healthy, the Yankees could run away with the rankings.
Missed Yankees/Phillies series rescheduled
The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies will play a four-game home-and-home series from Monday through Thursday — in New York on Monday and Tuesday, and in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday.
Manfred on if the season will continue
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is determined to get a baseball season done, even if he threatened to shut the season down recently. On Manfred’s part that was cry for MLB players to take the protocols more seriously.
Manfred told ESPN on Saturday that “there is no reason to quit now.” “We are playing. The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”
When asked about if all teams will play all 60 games, he had this to say on Saturday that not every team might play all 60 games this season, and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.
Beckham Aaron Trout takes residence
Joe Maddon the Los Angeles Angels manager, announced yesterday that Mike Trout and his wife Jessica have given birth to Beckham Aaron Trout. The Trout baby son was born on Thursday and weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces while measuring 20.75 inches.
The start Angel slugger tweeted that they had just received the greatest gift from heaven. We are so in love!
Blue Jays pitcher arrested for a “no-no” in public
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Reese McGuire took a trip to the mall, but it wasn’t to buy a new pair of shoes. Instead, he chooses to masturbate in the parking lot. The bust was caught on video which we won’t show here.