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  • #16
    It must suck to be a Texas baseball fan during a regular season anyway. They are in the AL West, meaning a good portion of their road games are on the west coast. There is a 2 hour time difference, so 7PM starts means the games start at 9PM in TX. I would never see the end of a game in that case.


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      Originally posted by Drucifer View Post
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      It got rejected as being copyrighted.

      So I just finish this
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        I didn't like my work. So I did the baseball over. The font for is called Milkshake. The other font is Lynchburg:

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          nice bit of photoshopping there Dru... I think it's cooler the new way as it truly is a logo of your own.

      • #19
        MLB Owners Approve Plan to Start Season in July

        by RONALD BLUM
        11 May 2020

        NEW YORK — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.

        Spring training would start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced.

        MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.

        Each team would play about 82 regular-season games — against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.

        Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.

        Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home.
        The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.

        Teams will propose that players receive the percentage of their 2020 salaries based on a 50-50 split of revenues MLB receives during the regular season and the postseason, which likely will be among the most contentious aspects of the proposal during negotiations with the players’ association.

        That proposal would take into account fans’ ability to return to ballparks at some point, perhaps with a small percentage of seats sold at first and then gradually increasing.

        Baseball players have refused to consider even the frameworks for the type of revenue splits that have been agreed to by unions in the NFL, the NBA and the NHL. The last attempt by baseball owners to gain a salary cap with a revenue split led to a 7½-month strike in 1994-95 that wiped out the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

        Rosters would be expanded from 26 to about 30. With minor leagues shuttered, there likely will be the addition of about 20 players per club akin to the NFL’s practice squad.

        Players and teams agreed to a deal on March 26 that called for each player to receive only a portion of their salary, determined by what percentage of a 162-game schedule is played. As part of that deal, if no season is played, each player would receive 2020 service time matching what the player earned in 2019.

        But that deal is contingent on there being no restrictions on mass gatherings at the federal, state, city and local levels, no relevant travel restrictions in the U.S. and Canada, and after consulting the union and medical experts, Commissioner Rob Manfred determines there is no risk to playing in front of fans at regular-season ballparks.

        Players and teams committed to “discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate neutral sites.” Manfred has said about 40% of MLB revenue is tied to gate, including concessions, parking, ballpark advertising, luxury suites and programs.

        Union officials and players have cited the March 26 agreement as setting economic terms and say they have no inclination for additional cuts. Players are more interested in medical protocols and testing designed to protect them from and detect the new coronavirus. The proposal will detail the plan for dealing with players and staff who test positive.

        Because players accrue salaries for the regular season only and not for spring training or the postseason, the union might counter by asking for more regular-season games during negotiations that could significantly alter or possibly even scuttle the restart plan.

        The DH was adopted by the American League for the 1973 season but has been resisted by National League owners. The players’ union has favored it because it would create more jobs for high-paying hitters in their 30s, but MLB has looked at it as an economic issue.

        Money, however, has disappeared as an issue at this stage for 2020 because nearly all veteran players have agreed to contracts. Yasiel Puig is the most notable exception.

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        • #20
          Here's what will probably happen with MLB's return from COVID-19 pause

          A look at what to expect over the next few months -- and what could put the whole endeavor in serious jeopardy

          by ANDY MARTINO
          11 May 2020, 9:04 AM ET

          Very little in life is certain, especially these days. But after months of speaking to people involved in Major League Baseball's efforts to return, we feel we can predict a series of events.

          Ready? Here's how it will all play out:
          • On Monday, owners will firm up a plan for a regional schedule that involves play in their home ballparks starting in early July.
          • On Tuesday, they will ask the Players Association to accept pay cuts beyond prorated salaries.
          • The PA will object. There will be angry quotes, many of them anonymous, perhaps some on the record from Scott Boras, who is highly influential in the union.
          • Then the players will agree to pay cuts in exchange for some kind of concession by owners. Spring training will follow.
          • Sometime in July or August, a baseball player or coach will test positive for coronavirus, putting the whole endeavor in serious jeopardy.
          We don't mean to be flippant about the last point. It's a serious concern, because MLB's preferred plan is a very long way from the Arizona-based proposal for which Dr. Anthony Fauci and other respected health officials offered tentative approval last month.

          Fauci subsequently said in several on-the-record interviews that in order for baseball to work this year, it would likely need to place athletes in quarantine-like situations.

          "There's a way of doing that," Fauci said in a Snapchat appearance on April 15. "Nobody comes to the stadium. Put them in big hotels, wherever you want to play... have them tested every week and make sure they don't wind up infecting each other or their family and just let them play the season out."

          Over the past two weeks, momentum has shifted from the Arizona plan to a model in which as many teams as possible play in their home ballparks and travel regionally. According to sources, teams want to salvage sponsorship revenue and offer the Major League-level amenities -- everything from high-speed cameras mounted in the outfield to trainers' rooms -- to players and support staff.

          It's still possible that owners modify this proposal before proposing it to the players. The players will have their own suggestions. The final plan remains very much a work-in-progress.

          Playing at home stadiums and traveling will be risky. Picture this: A player leaves his house in Connecticut to drive to Yankee Stadium. He plays the game, boards a plane to Atlanta, stays in a hotel, plays in Atlanta, flies home, returns to his family in Connecticut. Is he wearing gloves and a mask every second? Is he wiping down every food container that comes to his hotel room? Is he playing catch with a teammate who isn't practicing safe procedures?

          We're all educated enough in the spread of COVID-19 to see how many opportunities the virus will have in that scenario to spread, not only to players but to their families. Now imagine if a coach in his 60s or 70s contracts the virus.

          MLB is working with health experts to ensure testing and as much safety as possible. It's not like they're ignoring this stuff. But there will always be variables in a non-quarantine scenario.

          Aside from the obvious health concerns, the economic differences between MLB and the union currently are "overwhelming," in the words of one agent. There is mistrust on both sides. It's not a particularly healthy dynamic.

          Still, we will be stunned if the players and owners don't ultimately come to an agreement that involves reduced play. "It's the ultimate 'no s--t," said another agent -- an agent! -- about the issue of pay cuts.

          The players will be rightly upset, because they are assuming the physical risk in order to make money for the owners and entertain the masses.

          But the owners hold a few strong cards. Players want to play, and they want to get paid. Plus, the Players Association membership is incredibly varied -- culturally, economically, politically and in many other ways -- making unity difficult.

          Commissioner Rob Manfred has to corral 30 owners. Players Association executive director Tony Clark has to find something resembling consensus among his vast membership. That's not an easy job.

          The next week or two will get crazy. Cable news will weigh in. The president might express an opinion, perhaps in all caps on Twitter. Union and league negotiators will face outside pressures like they have never known.

          You'll read reports that make it sound as if the sides might never come together. Then they will.

          And finally the coronavirus will decide if any of it actually works.

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          • #21
            Major League Baseball Is Planning a Comeback.
            Here's Why That Won't Be Easy

            by SEAN GREGORY
            13 May 2020 2:05 PM EDT

            Pro sports are inching back into American life. Last weekend, the UFC held its first event in the U.S. since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the United States, in a near empty arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Though one fighter on the card and two of his cornermen tested positive for the virus before the event, UFC 249 carried on. NASCAR will hold its first pandemic-era race this weekend in Darlington, North Carolina, with safety measures in place.

            But the comeback of one of the “Big Three” major team sports leagues — the MLB, NBA, or NFL — would mark more of a return to normalcy. Baseball, basketball, and football teams are part of the civic fabric of municipalities across the country. Players are beloved by millions. The return of baseball, in particular, carries special significance. Baseball is still our national pastime, the sport of summer, the daily background rhythm of American life. And the sport is working towards its return.

            MLB owners have approved a tentative plan that calls for an 82-game season — instead of the typical 162-game slate — to begin in early July. No fans would be permitted, at least not at first. Where allowed, games would be played in home stadiums. But teams would only play against teams in their divisions, plus regional interleague rivalries; e.g. National League Central teams can play American League Central teams.

            In a move sure to upset some National League purists, all teams would use the designated hitter to reduce the risk of pitcher injuries. Meanwhile, the playoffs would be expanded from five teams in each league to seven. Active rosters would also be expanded, to 30 players plus a 20-man taxi squad, since Minor League Baseball could effectively be cancelled this year.

            The baseball players union and the owners are currently negotiating the plan. The economics are sure to be a sticking point. The owners are considering a 50-50 split of revenues from this season with the players, while the players say they’ve already agreed to a prorated salary structure (in the case of an 82 game season, they’d receive around half of their contracted 2020 wages). Since gate receipts reportedly account for anywhere from 30-40% of baseball’s overall revenues, a 50-50 split of revenues from a shortened season with no fans will almost certainly result in a significant pay cut for the players.

            Economics aside, the plan has other potential complications. Los Angeles County, for example, has signaled that stay-at-home orders could last for another three months — so what do the LA Dodgers do? Canada requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine for asymptomatic travelers returning to the country. So can the Toronto Blue Jays play home games? The team could play at its spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, though that plan would increase the travel burden for many American and National League teams in the eastern divisions based in the Northeast, New England, and Mid-Atlantic.

            “This plan sounds possible,” says Lee Igel, clinical associate professor at the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport of the NYU’s School Of Professional Studies, and member of an advisory panel consulting mayors on the safe reopening of sports and recreation. “But when you start to lay things out, you hit natural stopping points where you go, ‘oh, wait a minute here.'”

            Testing is the key sticking point. “I think a plan like this would have to be paired with daily testing,” says Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta. “I really don’t see how you can even begin to talk about something like that being done safely with testing any less frequent than that.”

            Sports events like the UFC take place intermittently, in one centralized arena. NASCAR races are weekly, at a specific track. So it’s easier to test for COVID-19 in UFC and NASCAR. But baseball is a daily activity, taking place in up to 15 different facilities across the country, plus Canada. Each team has dozens of players, coaches and support staff. Daily testing will require a considerable investment in a country that’s already falling short of requirements to safely reopen — The Harvard Global Health Institute says the U.S. needs to be conducting 900,000 tests per day; President Donald Trump said Monday the U.S. is only doing 300,000 tests daily. Any tests given to players in the interest of restarting a season risks resulting in fewer tests for others. “The problem is going to be, will there be enough testing available for the general public?” says Jill Weatherhead, infectious disease specialist at the Baylor College of Medicine. “Will there be enough testing to allocate to sporting events to keep the players safe?”

            Players will also be returning to their homes from the ballpark, increasing the risk that they might carry the disease from the locker room to their communities, and vice-versa. And though the MLB plan strives to cut down travel as much as possible, teams will still have to shuttle from city to city. “It’s going to potentially be an awful lot of moving people from areas that are hotter with virus to areas that have fewer cases,” says Binney. “So how are the areas with fewer cases going to feel about that? You raise the risk of possibly seeing epidemics in new areas.”

            Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle took to social media to express skepticism about the return plan. “It feels like we’ve zoomed past the most important aspect of any MLB restart plan: health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume a season,” he wrote on Monday, introducing a Twitter thread worth reading in its entirety. “It feels like the conversation about an MLB restart has shifted to the economic issues and that’s really frustrating,” Doolittle wrote yesterday. “Until there’s a vaccine, let’s focus on keeping everyone as safe as possible & minimizing the risks so we can play baseball.”

            Discussions between baseball’s players and owners will continue despite the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty it brings. “We’re not seeing massive declines across the country,” says Weatherhead. “To make predictions and plan what is going to happen on July 1 is not possible.”

            The benefits of baseball’s comeback can’t be discounted. Playing ball would offer quarantined fans, many already struggling economically or otherwise, welcome psychic rewards. Even without fans, baseball would offer communities a financial lift: gameday jobs are at stake. Not to mention the symbolic importance of the return of America’s pastime. Some pre-pandemic normalcy would be awfully nice to recapture.

            Any plan, however, is at the mercy of how the virus acts across dozens of MLB markets. “There are no good answers here,” says Binney. “You’re taking on a lot of risk with this plan.”

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            • #22
              I wonder who does the food shopping in the Doolittle home?
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              • #23
                I saw this on line:



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                  looks like part 1 of my father's day gift to the old man

              • #24
                I do hope that man on 2nd is not a keeper rule change
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                • #25
                  Originally posted by Drucifer View Post
                  I do hope that man on 2nd is not a keeper rule change
                  Me too but I hate the DH more.


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                    At 73 I have given up fighting it and with contracts now approaching the billion mark why put your pitcher in additional harm way.

                • #26
                  I also really hate the DH, but was fairly certain that it was going to happen when the next CBA was negotiated after the 2021 season. But the whole runner on 2B during extra innings is a clown rule. Sounds like the kind of rule a bunch of extremely drunk guys sitting around BSing would come up with. Hell, why don't we just pull a fielder and play with one less guy each extra inning. I really dislike ties, but it seems that there had to be a better solution than this gimmick.


                  • #27
                    Sounds like something you might do for beer league softball, not for professional sports. But is it really, any different than NHL going 4 on 4 to try to reduce ties, and then the shootout to remove them altogether?

                    Personally, I don't hate the rule too much. Purity of the game arguments lose steam here for me as I personally don't like staying up until 1 am watching exhausted players and B team pitching trying to duke it out.

                    The second 9 innings are rarely as fun as the first 9. I will say it is absolutely going to kill the over/under for any game that goes to extra innings. Think college football OT rules. a 20-20 game sometimes finishes closer to 50 once OT is over... Will a 4-4 game suddenly become 8-8 once they trade runs scored from men starting in scoring position?


                    • #29
                      This season, Last Team Standing has a different meaning!
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                      • #30
                        Marlins’ Home Opener Postponed After Team Covid-19 Outbreak

                        by Steve Adams
                        27 Jul 2020, 10:30 AM CDT

                        10:30am: Passan tweets that the updated tally is 11 of 33 players who’ve been traveling with the club (i.e. the 30-man roster and three-man taxi squad) and a pair of coaches have tested positive. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and Sherman hear the same (Twitter links). Mish adds that some of the team’s more notable players are among the positive group.

                        Major League Baseball has issued the following statement:
                        Tonight’s scheduled games between the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles at Marlins Park and the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees at Citizens Bank Park have been postponed while Major League Baseball conducts additional COVID-19 testing. The members of the Marlins’ traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results. Major League Baseball has been coordinating with the Major League Baseball Players Association; the Marlins; the Orioles; the Marlins’ weekend opponent, the Phillies; and Club medical staffs, and will continue to provide updates as appropriate.
                        8:12am: The Marlins had four players test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports this morning that an additional eight players and two coaches have since tested positive (Twitter link). Tonight’s scheduled home opener against the Orioles has been canceled, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers tweets that not all of the new cases are asymptomatic.

                        The Marlins remain in Philadelphia and won’t be traveling back to Miami as had been previously scheduled, per Sportsgrid’s Craig Mish (Twitter links). In the span of one weekend, the Marlins have now seen a dozen players and two coaches test positive. More troubling, perhaps, is that Mish emphasizes that Marlins players and coaching staff have been adhering to the league’s health and safety protocols.

                        It’s alarming, too, that Rosenthal and colleague Jayson Stark report (subscription link) that yesterday’s Marlins/Phillies game was played after three players tested positive. That brought the Marlins’ total known positive tests to seven, and a day later it appears that figure has doubled. Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas and manager Don Mattingly said that the team was unified in its decision to play. Rosenthal and Stark add that the league conducted contact tracing and tested the remainder of the roster and staff, with all beyond the initial seven coming back negative.

                        The implications here, of course, are broad-reaching. The Phillies just shared the field with the Marlins for their opening three-game series, which will undoubtedly prompt concerns among Phillies players and staff. The Yankees, meanwhile, had been scheduled to travel to Philadelphia to set up shop in the same visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park that was just home to 14 positive cases. Ramifications beyond the immediate circle of baseball employees exist as well, of course. The Marlins have been staying at a hotel in Philadelphia over the weekend, which means staff on hand there has likely been exposed as well.

                        The Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links), aren’t staying at the same hotel the Marlins used. They’ve also brought in their own clubhouse staff rather than work with the Phillies’ visiting clubhouse staff. They might’ve chosen to do so anyway, but The Athletic’s Matt Gelb tweets that the Phillies have quarantined their entire visiting clubhouse staff while awaiting test results. There’s been no definitive word on whether tonight’s game between the Yankees and Phillies will even take place, but it’s certainly possible it’ll be postponed or canceled as well.

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