The New York Yankees, like all of baseball, did not have an opening day celebration yesterday or game yesterday.Â With the coronavirus creating social distancing, all of the remainder of spring training was canceled, and the start of the season pushed back for at least two weeks.Â That now appears to be more like two months or more.
The MLB The Show 20 has produced a completely digitalized production of what that opening day game at Baltimore yesterday might have looked like.Â This writer is extremely impressed with the job they did digitalizing all the Yankee players and the plays.Â It’s an easy watch as it compressed a probable three-plus hour game into just an hour.Â Â The YES Network released the video.Â See it here.
The producers did a fantastic job of putting this imaginative video together.
The reality is that a New York Yankee season probably won’t start until mid-June and will consist of somewhere around a 90-100 game season that may stretch into November.Â MLB is considering a multitude of options that will remain fluid until the CDC releases public distancing restrictions for the entire country.
The season format will be based on making the season as legitimate as possible even though it will be dramatically shortened. Â Here are a few of the options being considered:Â Doing away with all interleague play, playing teams out of that team’s division only once during the season, and reducing meeting teams within the division by one series.
Whatever the New York Yankee season looks like, the season will carry with it an asterisk that will go down in history, much like the strike-shortened season of 1981.Â Of course, everything is open to further adjustment and change in accordance with when the coronavirus pandemic decreases or is eliminated.Â Â The one thing that is for sure, is that Yankee fans all over the world cant’ wait for the season, whatever it looks like to get started.