The MLB and MLBPA have come to multiple agreements in regards to the 2020 MLB season that was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most fans and teams are devastated because when the world is usually a cold place, sports were usually always there to bring us together. The sad reality is that we do not have said sports currently to enjoy and to distract us from this chaos that’s unraveling. This doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be any thought into what will occur in the 2020 season, and the New York Yankees should take full advantage of a potentially shortened season.
Fewer Games, Less Injury
The wear and tear on Yankee regulars would be less prevalent with fewer games played and with less of a strain of playing 162 games, with the number being much lower and therefore meaningless injuries for the New York Yankees. This can ease what was a rocky 2020 start with the IL being flooded with Yankee stars. With this issue no longer being as prevalent as only Severino remains as the only major injury currently on the IL, meaning the Yankees will be able to get their starters all in the lineup and rotation together. The terms of this shortened season are extremely tragic, however, the Yankees need to continue to manage and prepare for the 2020 season and not let this injury relief pass them by without taking any form of advantage of it.
Locked On October
This lack of regular-season games heightens the focus on the ultimate goal, October baseball. The Yankees desperately need to be prepared as this year is the most pressure they’ve faced to win a title in recent memory, with the mega-deals that they have on their payroll with two of North America’s highest-paid athletes in Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole. I see this team focusing less on just reps for stat padding and all-star games but trying to get ready and geared up for the playoffs, as they’ll be on a shorter fuse to be ready for the big stage. A hot start and an early divisional clinch could be all the Yankees need to get things going as they stand as one of the premier AL teams as of 2020.
Savages In The Box
This team will be hungry to play baseball, and the Bronx will be rocking when they can finally see their beloved Bronx Bombers again. They’re going to feast on visiting teams who are going to have no answer for a crowd that’s been waiting way too long to be nightmare fuel for pitchers on the mound trying to navigate through baseball’s best lineup while 40,000+ people are rooting for them to fail. Tough at-bats, big hits, and absolutely crushed long balls will be this team’s offensive identity come 2020, and their hunger to get back on the diamond will only fuel this.
How will the short season playout for the New York Yankees? What challenges could this season pose for the Savages?