New York Mets: Marcus Stroman Isn’t Optimistic About the Season

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The back and forth between the players union and Major League Baseball continues to go nowhere. After more details surfaced on the negotiations, New York Mets’ Marcus Stroman is losing hope that there will be baseball in 2020.

The newest details state the highest-paid players will suffer the most. The pay cuts would exceed the lesser paid players on the roster, and there are more than the union expected. Initially, the agreement allowed players to receive their pro-rates salaries, without pay decreases, to allow baseball to return.

Effects All Throughout Sports

The complacency looks worse on the league, especially after the National Hockey League announced their 24-team playoff proposal with training camps opening up by July 1. The Oakland Athletics decision to discontinue their $400 payments to minor league players also makes matters worse. MLB hopes to start by the beginning of July, but it seems more unlikely as the days pass.

Stroman originally had $12 million for his one-year deal, but the current proposal drops him to $3 million. The New York Yankees Gerrit Cole was set to get $36 million this year but will only get $8 million if the season resumes.

The long wait for a decision also lowers the chance Stroman ever plays for the Mets again. He will be a top pitcher on the upcoming free-agent market. With the Mets trading two of their better pitching for him, there had to be plans to extend him. He is only 29 and made his first All-Star team in 2019.

It is hard to pinpoint who is right and wrong during these negotiations, while on the outside. One thing for sure is the player’s right to holdout if they do not receive just pay. The players have their dream jobs, but it should not stop them from wanting proper compensation for their hard work. If any of us had to work for less than we agreed for, we would act just like the players.

People assume these players receive every cent they agreed for with their contracts. Taxes are just one of the many ways a player does not assume their full salary. Players also make personal purchases in advance of the money because they planned with their money.

From what we have seen, the players’ concern is not about getting their full pay. It is about a broken promise. Negotiations are always part of decisions like these, but drastic changes are causing the downfall of a potential agreement.

MLB: The Case Against the Owners

As MLB continues to figure out just how to restart the season during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, an unfair narrative has started. The narrative is everyone from politicians, local elected officials, and all of us as fans is to denounce the players for wanting to delay the restart of the baseball season due to the amount of money they’d be paid by their bosses, the owners.

Yes, I understand that some ballplayers make more money in a single season than I will in my lifetime. But the MLBPA was told by the owners that if baseball play were to resume, players would receive a prorated salary based on the number of games they’d play, as well as accepting only 4% of their salary should the whole season be canceled. So why are the ballplayers the villain in this situation, when the owners suddenly decided to change course?

The Owners Can Absorb the Hit, Most Ball Players Can’t.

Everyone is financially reeling from the economic uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic. And the vast majority of major league ballplayers are set to lose every penny at this given moment. It’s well documented that minor league ballplayers make below minimum wage on average. The AAA ball season begins in April and ends in September. Baseball isn’t set to resume until July should this deal get passed. Minor league ballplayers are being paid $400 a week, $1,600 a month by MLB due to the coronavirus. How many of you can safely say you can live on $400 a week?

Compare that to the players on a major league roster who make the league minimum. The current MLB minimum is $563,500. Aaron Judge was making $8,500 less than that of his 2017 campaign. 4% of $563,500 is $22,540. If the season gets canceled, that’s what MOST BALL PLAYERS will be paid by their teams. That’s less than half my annual salary. So why shouldn’t the MLBPA do what they can to ensure that their players will get paid fairly?

Seriously… The Owners/Teams Can Eat the Loss Better Than The Players

According to Forbes, the Yankees are worth $5 billion. The Yankees spend 32% on their player’s salaries. The Yankees need to split revenue 50-50? They aren’t paying their hourly employees and will stop paying the rest of their other employees by May 31st. As the Mets are. So that’s already saving them money. The players already agreed to 4% of their salaries. A 50-50 revenue split would mean even less money than what was promised the players.

Think about it.

Giancarlo Stanton is worth $40 million. Stanton accepted 4% of $26 million. The guy who signs his checks, Hal Steinbrenner, is worth $3.8 BILLION! Stanton is worth 1.05% of Hal Steinbrenner, and Stanton (as a member of the MLBPA) is the villain in this situation? The Yankees need less in overall operational cost for a truncated 2020 season, why not pay their players with that?

It’s true for the Mets as well.

Again, the vast majority of baseball players will make more money than we will in our lifetimes. I understand that I’m not disputing this in the slightest. But why are the owners going out of their way to pay their employees, players, and essential personnel even LESS than what they were promised the good guys in this situation? None of us will be able to go to a game this season. Most of us won’t be able to go to a game next season until the vaccine is ready. So how can people say the players are villains when the owners are trying not to feel the financial hardships the rest of us are feeling right now?

Who Are the Top Ten Teams in the MLB for 2020?

With the 2020 season potentially being soon amid this COVID-19 pandemic, teams are gearing up for a winning season. With the MLB being as filled with talent as ever, there are a lot of pretty good teams but who would be top 10 in the MLB right now? There are a lot of potential teams who could be up here, but here’s my crack at it:

10. New York Mets

While I don’t know if this team is legit, this team does have the talent of a top 10 team. Top 10 in overall pitching and top 10 in offense in terms of talent, they can do very well in 2020, unless there is even a bit of underperforming then this team could unravel, quick. With Jacob deGrom leading the pitching and Jeff McNeil being their best position player, the Mets have the right tools, it’s just a matter of it finally coming together, though the starting pitching cannot regress at all, looking at you Marcus Stroman.

9. St. Louis Cardinals

While I believe they will win the NL Central, it won’t be because they’re an incredible squad. They will see a better season from Paul Goldschmidt but losing Marcell Ozuna is a big loss for the offensive side of the ball. They still tout a great defensive squad with Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong in the middle infield. Their pitching will be solid but not outstanding, and this team will somehow will it’s way into October through the mediocre NL Central.

8. Minnesota Twins

Another team that will benefit severely from a division with no real powerhouse squad. While this team won 103 games and added 3B Josh Donaldson to the fold, this team benefitted a lot from their weak opponents in the Royals, White Sox, and Tigers, and were stomped by the Yankees in three lopsided affairs. Their high-powered offense and good pitching is great but could’ve been inflated by what was a cakewalk of a division. Don’t fall in love with this team as they might not be as great as their inflated record will show. This team is pretty good, but not as great as the teams ahead of them.

7. Washington Nationals

Yes, these are the defending World Series Champions, but this team lost megastar Anthony Rendon and unlike with Bryce Harper didn’t add Patrick Corbin and Howie Kendrick, with Victor Robles playing a full season. This team is very good don’t get me wrong, but to win the World Series again? I don’t know if this team is as good as the 2019 edition of this squad, but this team still has postseason written all over it in 2020.

6. Atlanta Braves

This team lost Josh Donalson but added Marcell Ozuna and added to their bullpen. With Max Fried, Mike Soroka, Mike Foltynewicz, and Cole Hamels leading that staff they look to be a nightmare for lineups. Their offense is looking to implement youngster Austin Riley in Donaldson’s absence, and with their team basically being all here, they’re poised to win the NL East again. This team was great in 2019, and with a better bullpen and starting staff, they’ll get even better.

5. Oakland Athletics

This team is a very good squad, extremely talented in all aspects of the word talent. They won 96 games but had the misfortune of having to play the amazing Rays, who almost knocked off the AL winning Astros in the ALDS. Their offense and defense is loaded with Matt Olson and Matt Chapman leading both sides of the ball, as they are premier players at each position. Pitching wise? This team boasts Sean Manaea, A.J Puk, Frankie Montas, and Jesus Lúzardo for their starting staff, with Liam Hendricks, Lou Trivino, Jake Diekman, and Joakim Soria all being great bullpen arms. This team is talented, and they will be one of the best teams in MLB.

4. Tampa Bay Rays

One spot ahead of the A’s is the other small-market team with insane talent. A pitching staff led by Charlie Morton, Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, Yonny Chirinos sports 3 Cy young caliber pitchers, and a really good #4 arm. Ryan Yarbrough is a great long reliever/ #5 starter and Brendan McKay will also get innings as well. That bullpen is also great, with an exuberant amount of talent in the ‘pen. This team will be baseball’s best pitching squad and they have a solid offensive lineup, but their pitching will lead them to glory.

3. Houston Astros

Talk about their sign-stealing all you want, this team still has Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke will get Lance McCullers Jr. back, has a really good offense, and won 107 games in 2019. The Astros are a stud team, and they will win their division and in my opinion, be in the ALCS at least. Don’t be surprised if the Astros win the World Series, even without their cheating they are a really good baseball team. This team will win 100 games and the division, no doubt in my mind.

2. New York Yankees

Adding Gerrit Cole after winning 103 games in spite of the worst season in terms of injury is always a great move. They have one of baseball’s best pitching staffs with Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka leading the way. Their bullpen is always going to be fearsome, and their lineup is the second-best in the MLB. This team is my favorite to win the American League, but they aren’t the best team in baseball on paper, this next team just edges them out.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

They finally did it and made a big trade, and this will pay off if we have a season. Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger in the same lineup with Max Muncy, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Will Smith, and Joc Pederson, this is a team with all well beyond good hitters. This team also sports a great starting staff, with Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw leading the way with Alex Wood added in there. The bullpen added a question mark in Blake Treinen, but this bullpen will still be solid. The Dodgers are in that superteam class of teams and are the best team in the MLB right now.

New York Mets: The Variables of the Pending Season

After MLB owners approved the plan to continue the baseball season, the war between the league and the players union is ready for its first battle. Out of all teams, the New York Mets find themselves in a unique situation compared to the rest of the league.

Outside of health concerns, the battle of salary negotiation is going to be the biggest fight in the process. Union chief Tony Clark and legendary agent Scott Boras both agree that being paid a pro-rata salary would be the agreement whenever games resume. The sacrifice stands at 30-40% of wages, which the owners claimed as feasible, according to the owners.

According to Boras, his clients are not willing to budge from the agreement. If salaries receive a blindsided cut, it will extend the baseball drought longer. Should the union have a legitimate legal case, the damage could wipe out the rest of the season. But Clark is just as poor as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. This situation serves as a prologue to how next year’s discussions on a new collective bargain agreement will play out.

The Mets Effect

The only Boras represented Met is Michael Conforto, and luckily 30-40% of his $8 million salary is $2.4 million through $3.2 million. That number is no worry for the organization, especially with the rest of their high priced talent.

The conflict comes from Wilpon ownership and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. First, the Wilpon’s have continuously lost money from the Mets franchise over the last few years. The revenue from SNY, which the Wilpons also own, covers the losses from the organization.

Due to the revenue from SNY, the Wilpons call it untouchable in any team sale discussions. Since revenue should grow from SNY, since fans will not attend games, they might squeak by and suffer minimal damage to their finances due to the lack of fan revenue. But you can never be sure with the Wilpons.

Agent to GM

Van Wagenen plays a role more connected to the players. Not too long ago, he was the co-head for CAA Sports Baseball Division, which happens to represent the most players (6) on the current 40-man roster. Should the Mets look to cut more money from the players, Van Wagenen would have to side with ownership since they write his paychecks.

Four of those players make less than three million, including Brandon Nimmo and Robert Gsellman. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the two high priced/talented members of CAA. Van Wagenen also negotiated the current contracts Yoenis Cespedes, and Robinson Cano collect. Cespedes already lost money in the offseason due to an injury on his ranch.

Van Wagenen does not make any final decisions, but he knows both sides of the fence. His voice will be heavily relied upon to fix and issues between players and ownership without it creating a media storm. Not to mention, he has to figure out the best pieces for a potential 82-game season at the same time.

Van Wagenen is a master agent and earned the GM job because he knows how to handle strenuous situations. He will be able to take any negative that comes out of the meetings and make it a positive. Few GMs in baseball have that ability.

BREAKING NEWS: MLB Is Ready To Present Plan to Player’s Union For the 2020 Season

There’s a lot of speculation about start dates, cancellation rumors, and everything in between. The MLB might actually be gaining traction in their plans to have a 2020 season. The rumors of a plan being released this week were just that, rumors, and no one was truly sure. This all changed today as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic just tweeted that the MLB has a plan they are ready to present to the Player’s Union, which could be huge for not just the MLB but for all of American sports.

According to the tweet by Ken Rosenthal, there is a meeting expected for tomorrow. The actual details aren’t public as of yet, however. The details of the meeting should be released this week but for now, all we can do is speculate about the plan. This is big for sports like the NBA and NHL who are trying to finish their seasons. If the curve begins to flatten and the MLB starts when they plan to (which reports say would be June for Spring Training and July 1st for the regular season), then we can see the NBA and NHL start back up or begin to draft plans or ideas.

It’s rumored that division realignments, the universal DH, and games in certain states are part of the plan. These changes are to adjust to the current crisis and data about the curve. This effect could propel the sports world back into action as the MLB might spearhead the return of sports. This news should not just excite baseball fans but fans of all American sports as these plans could be what brings back the sports we’ve missed so much these last few months. As new reports come out we will continue to update and inform our readers on the situation. What we can take from this is that things are looking up. The sports world could see things get better fast, but let’s stay patient.

New York Mets: How the New Season Plan Affects the Mets

New York Mets, Luis Rojas

Monday marks the first day the MLB and the Players Association will meet to discuss plans to restart the 2020 season. The meeting is the only good news about it. There is no love lost between both sides, and there is no guarantee they agree on anything.

Hopefully, the MLB proposes their plan on Tuesday after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to a representative from each team on Monday. New details from the plan lead with a schedule of around 80 games with the season starting in early July. Teams will play their division rivals and the other teams in their region to limit travel.

Ideally, teams will play in their home ballparks, which helps cut down travel. As reported by us last week, the designated hitter will be universal throughout baseball. The newest information comes in an extended postseason, which includes seven teams from each league.

During this week’s meetings, the biggest dealbreaker comes in the form of pay cuts and health safety for all MLB personnel. In March, the union was against any idea of reducing salaries.

How Does This Affect the Mets?

An 80-games season should push the New York Mets to make the most out of the season. Seth Lugo draws even more consideration to become a starter. Using the projections made earlier this week, he will make no more than 16 starts and using his career averages as a starter, Lugo will throw around 88 innings. Eight more than he pitched as a reliever in 2019, but less than his highest amount.

An 80 game season forces the Mets to make tough decisions with their depth. The depth the Mets have is always a good problem to have, but balancing it out is tricky. Dominic Smith, Jed Lowrie, and Yoenis Cespedes are all projected to come off the bench. If healthy, one will slide into the DH role, but all three have proven to be good bats when healthy.

Thanks to versatile players like Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and most of their outfielders, Manager Luis Rojas can mix and match. Despite getting two weeks to get back into playing shape, most players will need the first couple weeks of the regular season to find their groove as well.

The short season increases the urgency to win quickly. Even with an extended playoff format, no team wants to play in a one-game playoff to decide their fate. The Mets also draw the most competitive division in baseball as the Pirates and Orioles seem like the only teams who are lighter competition.

The depth the Mets have is as good as any in baseball, but their unproven manager has to show he knows how to slide each piece into the perfect place. As we saw with Mickey Callaway, a good manager is a difference between a failed season and a World Series victory.

New York Mets: Baseball to Return Next Month?

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

Within the week Major League Baseball will offer a plan to the Players Association that will resume baseball activities. It will propose a June “spring training” which results in an opening day in July. The proposal already comes with its detractors before it has become national news.

Most of the country is still in quarantine as MLB has put in the most effort out of the four major sports to resume activities. Before anything is confirmed the owners and players have to be on the same page to keep everyone involved protected. Even if that pans out, the government has to give the green light on it as well.

Can it Be Done?

According to former player Trevor Plouffe, June 10 would be the beginning of Spring Training and July 1 would mark opening day. The three weeks between each date would be enough under normal circumstances, but that is not the case now. The country’s shutdown has made it tough for players to keep themselves in game shape.

For the New York Mets, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman and Edwin Diaz have been able to keep themselves ready. The only reason we know is due to social media but the rest of the organization only knows what the players have told them. It should be assumed that every player on the roster found some creative way to keep themselves ready.

Everything seems cut and dry, but that is far from the case. COVID-19 is nowhere near its finale and the league is taking a major risk, even if fans cannot attend games. Players will still have to travel from city to city no matter how the divisions realign. If one player, umpire or organization member tests positive, we end up at square one again.

Totally Different Game

Beyond health concerns, baseball will be completely different. The 40-man rosters could become 50, and the 25-man roster could become 30. This comes with positives and negatives. Teams can hold extra relievers to bolster their bullpen. But keeping players fresh will be tough especially when managers will opt to use their best guys as much as possible during the limited schedule.

Despite the breaking news, everything is still in the works. Our only confirmation is that there is a plan to submit to bring back America’s Pastime. The rest of the sports landscape will end up basing their future plans off MLB’s decision.

MLB: California Could Be The Most Popular Hope for a 2020 Baseball Season

Today is May 4th, Star Wars Day. One year ago today, I was at Yankee Stadium. JA Happ was starting against the Twins and lost. It was the week where the Yankees tried to bring back Miguel Andujar, before agreeing he needed surgery to fix his torn labrum. As annoyed as I was that the Yankees lost, it was still enjoyable. It was CC Sabathia Jedi Bobblehead Day (mine is proudly displayed in my living room), they had Star Wars cosplayers all over the stadium, there was an R2D2 and a Sith alternate R2D2 behind home plate, a Star Wars character parade, and a nice Jumbotron tribute to then-recently deceased actor, Peter Mayhew (the original Chewbacca the Wookie).

Now, one year later (without Disney+, so no massive Star Wars marathon for me today), I’m anxiously waiting (like the rest of all sports fans) for ANY ANNOUNCEMENT about professional sports coming back in 2020. While the proposal for Arizona was logically sound based on all of the numbers present at the time, baseball fans were against seeing their teams play out a season in the sweltering summer of Arizona.

Logically, the only real popular choice left is California.

For Starters, More Professional Stadiums in California

Realistically, you need 15 stadiums if you’re going to follow the CDC’s guidelines of all games played in one state. California already has 5 MLB teams in state: the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Angels AND Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics. You’d have 10 of the 30 teams playing in those 5 stadiums, no questions asked. You have colleges with esteemed, and nationally known athletic programs like UCLA, USC, and hundreds of more universities to play in. MLB has shared stadium space with NFL teams before, so playing where the 49ers, Chargers, and Rams play are also an option. And there are a good number of minor league baseball teams that play in California.

So while the league may be more spread out than many people would be comfortable with, California is known to be at least a little more temperate than Phoenix in August. Not to mention, you wouldn’t have the other 28 teams complaining about why only 2 teams get to play in the climate control of Chase Field during the peak summer weather in Phoenix.

Coronavirus Has to be Taken Into Effect, and California is Doing Very Well

According to Worldometers.com, California is performing admirably in the face of rising cases around the rest of the country, and the looming threat of a new wave coming in the fall. As of today, last updated at 12:09 PM EST, California has seen only 134 new cases of COVID 19, and 3 new deaths. These are the kind of numbers South Korea was seeing when they decided to push through with having a baseball season.

Now, using that same site, Arizona has seen no new cases, and no new deaths, making Arizona more logical. But, again, California would still be more popular.

California Is More Financially Viable To Have the Season

There is going to be a wide array of financial factors that go into having an MLB season of any length in this pandemic world we’re living in. Sequestering all the players, trainers, umpires, and essential personnel, tests, transportation, and housing for everyone is a shortlist. Of all the states in the country, California (while financially struggling like the rest of the country) is the strongest state financially to take on this burden.

If California were its own country, it would be the 5th strongest economy in the world! That means the state of California is ahead of India, the UK, France, Italy, Brazil, Canada and Russia in GDP. While it doesn’t justify completely why California should divert its spending from helping its citizens financially, it could give the Trump administration reason to give money to the state to ensure a baseball season can happen. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has been talking to Commissioner Rob Manfred about starting up baseball soon. And with the trillions already approved to spend by the federal government during this pandemic, I feel like sending California extra cash to ensure a baseball season happens, as well as ensuring COVID-19 doesn’t spread any further, would find widespread bi-partisan approval in DC.

But It Won’t Solve Everything

For starters, everything would still be played on Pacific Time. I’m working for a company that’s been deemed essential. So me staying up every night to watch a 10 PM first pitch isn’t exactly viable for me. You still have the modified divisions to accommodate this crazy situation sports finds itself in. While San Diego to LA isn’t too bad of a commute (2 hours by car), we’re talking at LEAST 4 hours from LA to San Fransisco (we all know Oakland is in the same area so same rules apply). It would be VERY spread out traversing to all of the playing fields for a California 2020 season, leaving more room for infection. And with the projections from the Trump administration that there will be 3,000 deaths per day by June due to the Coronavirus, the need for consolidation, and minimal travel will be essential to pulling off a sports league this year.

I hope we find out something definitive soon. MLB has made it clear that they would want some kind of truncated Spring Training before a 2020 season begins. We’re running out of time for that to happen.

New York Yankees: Why It Makes More Sense for Domingo German to Take 2020 Off

New York Yankees, Domingo German

When the 2020 season was scheduled to start, New York Yankees fans knew not to expect starter Domingo German for at least half of the season. He still has 81 games to serve as part of his suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

That was BEFORE the Coronavirus rocked the entire planet.

Now we’re in May, and it’s making less and less sense for German to pitch at all this year should a season starts at all.

He Still Has to Serve 81 Games

The rulings against AJ Hinch, Jeff Lunow, and Alex Cora from Commissioner Manfred’s office all clearly outline that those three men can get jobs in baseball again AFTER the 2020 season. Should the 2020 season get canceled this year, that would mean they can get work again as early as November when the offseason would officially begin.

German, however, still has a defined number of games to serve in suspension.

So let’s all be optimists and assume that a baseball season will happen in one way or another this season. We’re on May 4th right now. The Yankees would have a scheduled off day and have already played 35 games. Baseball is determined to have some shortened Spring Training to get teams ready before starting a season.

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: 2020 is going to be a shortened season. The league isn’t going to play 162 games, then its regular postseason. They’d stand no shot, especially with reports from the CDC that a new wave of COVID-19 will come by the fall. This means that if play were to resume tomorrow for the New York Yankees, they’d have 127 games left on the schedule.

So, if the earliest the shortened Spring Training were to happen is Memorial Day weekend, to have a first game of the 2020 season on June 1st, that’s 25 fewer games, leaving only a 102 game season. With the threat of no minor league season, there’d be little to no chance for German to have warm-up games to get himself ready to pitch this season at all. And what would be the point? 81 out of 102 games leaves just 21 games left in the season.

And with no official start date for this modified Spring Training, it’s impossible to estimate just how many games will be played this season at all. For the sake of the season, just have German sit out to come back strong for Spring Training 2021. You’re not going to expect him to make his first outing of the year during a playoff game, Happ’s contract is up after this year, Tanaka’s contract is up after this year, just bench him all season and see about next year.

New York Mets: First Time No April Baseball in MLB History

New York Mets, Edwin Diaz

Throughout baseball’s history, Major League Baseball has dealt with stoppages ranging from union disputes to worldwide conflict. The COVID-19 pandemic achieved something no other conflict ever accomplished, preventing baseball games from being played in April.

The thought of Jacob deGrom trotting out to the mound on his quest for a third straight Cy Young award is simply a dream. New York Mets fans have grown accustomed to their Opening Day success, followed by a solid April to reel in the hope that they will bring home a championship again. All the uncertainty surrounding the country leaves an idea of baseball in jeopardy.

Life Without Baseball

Case numbers vary from state to state, and each state has its ways of moving forward. States like Georgia opened for good, Maryland, and Texas slightly reopened while New York remains wholly shut down. Another key factoid is Canada requires a 14-day quarantine when coming in from another country.

Other teams will not be able to play the Toronto Blue Jays, and even some players are unable to play until laws change. Also, if they returned 14 days before the season, they either risk being unready for baseball after a two-week layoff or risk the consequences of leaving quarantine to stay sharp.

The Mets 40-man roster contains 11 players from countries outside the U.S., but most of them live in the country. Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, and Robinson Cano lead the pack. Edwin Diaz went back to Puerto Rico but is still pitching to live batters whenever he has the opportunity.

Getting players is going to be a tough task to run smoothly. The Utah Jazz was a prime example of what can happen once one player gets the virus. It set a precedent for shutting down sports and made the rest of the leagues realize the dangers the virus poses.

As May is a few days in, it seems more likely that games will resume at some point during 2020. MLB is putting together all the plans they have to make it work, but each different state’s timeline will be a significant hurdle to overcome.