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About drjohnnyfeva

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  1. ...and not only them, but probably the whole team and maybe even their opponents in the series where it was diagnosed and maybe the team they played previously. I've been saying this since March when schools got cancelled. I agree that any of these scenarios could happen, but I think the likelihood of an infection or two (dozen) is high; which would create a situation where it would make it nearly impossible to continue to keep a schedule.
  2. I'm not as reluctant to do things now, but seeing so many people suddenly so cavalier about distance is a bit alarming. I don't think there are going to be any games this year. The hold harmless clause is not going to be accepted. That's the deal breaker for players given they won't be getting the pay they desire any way this thing is sliced. The players not having the ability to sue if they get sick and the owners balking at anything short of 1/2 pay is an impasse the HHC creates and allows both sides to just walk away from even talking about it. As long as it is on the table, the situation is stuck in the mud.
  3. It's funny, I was thinking about a similar question the other day... To answer yours, Drungo, I think it's just a forgotten year. But Trout, as you point out, might get the asterisk to address a "drop" from Ty Cobb, when it sure looked like Trout would be the most valuable player in history... I think he still will be, btw. But that leads me to what I was thinking about... What player(s) benefit(s) the most by NOT playing this year? And as Markoman, hysterically, points out, Chris Davis could benefit greatly by getting a whole extra year of practice and recovery/recuperation. lol. But I think the flip side to what you are asking, Drungo, is also interesting. Good topic!
  4. I'm not going to dispute that, but let me ask what happens if a player(s) is diagnosed???? What then? If a couple players across the league get infected that shuts down the schedule of 2 to 8 teams regardless of what schedule they're playing. The team the infected player played the week before diagnosis likely gets quarantined, definitely the two teams in the series when the diagnosis occurred. KABOOM, schedule f'd. It's an untenable situation. The season starts and ends in two weeks if things go south. You wanna be on the PR end of that media frenzy? So blame? Don't think there's any, for me anyway. Both would look utterly foolish and foolhardy if it got shut down in short order. And who can guarantee that any of these guys have been following any of the distancing protocols? You'd like to hope so, but you don't know. It's a quagmire of potentialities and legalities. ...and some of them could be a lot worse than simply not playing... like a player dies, a stadium worker dies. I'll leave the rest to you.
  5. Yes, it's the virus. Maybe that's an excuse, but if we place blame on one party or another it's THE factor controlling any of their decision making, imo. One could argue that it's a liability argument, but where's the blame there. Two sides are trying to preserve themselves... albeit two very rich sides, but it doesn't ring well with the havenots...
  6. I don't think it's a blame game. You might have commentary from both sides that rub fans the wrong way, but ultimately I think they, both MLB and the players, have to be cautious; and if that leads to no season this year as a result of being overcautious or simply paralyzed to act that's the way the cookie crumbles, imo. I would hope in the future if something similar occurs that this experience would lead to ideas that would lead to some kind of product on the field, but who knows. This is uncharted water. I think the best we can hope for this year is some kind of exhibition season. But even then, I'm hesitant to place "blame" if it doesn't happen. And--------- I don't think we should be looking at the NFL as any kind of indication of what happens with MLB. The NFL can say all day long up until when the games are scheduled to start that the season is on and then suddenly shut it down if things happen; and who knows how much or how little would have to change for that to happen.
  7. Whether it's the union not giving or the circumstances of social distancing, I just don't see how a season gets underway in anything more or less than an exhibition season. All it's going to take is one case of covid-19 on a team or two to throw everything into a tailspin. Any schedule would be effectively destroyed if that were to occur. Then there would be the required self-isolation of players on the two teams and maybe even the teams that had played the team in the last 7-10 days prior. As much as I'd love the diversion of having baseball back, even if it's an exhibition season, dealing with rescheduling games that get impacted by an infection - - - which is probably a foregone conclusion - - - seems a daunting, if not impossible, task to me.
  8. It's not like MiLB is a cheap investment anymore that might return a large profit if run correctly and appeals to the small town and MLB enthusiast markets anymore. The successful MiLB teams, and the ones that probably sidestep some or most of this crisis, are the ones that are either owned by a LLC of many investors like the one Redskins Rick highlights in the Maryland Baseball Holdings LLC, or the guy(s) who see running a baseball team as a way to make the same money they might as a corporate what-have-you, but having more fun. I hope they make it. For me, I look at them, mostly, as small business owners, and hope they have enough in the tank to get get thru this and stay solvent and maybe even pay some of those employees Drungo has discussed.
  9. My wife and kids call me a caveman when I start gnawing the grilled remains off of the porterhouse bone. My old man taught me, "You paid for it. Eat all of it.." The only thing left at the end are the tooth grooves on the bone. The best fat ever is the crispy edge of fat around a perfectly cooked shake-n-bake pork chop!
  10. I would say Daniel Cabrera. Those were terrible years and the club was looking at doing any kind of PR to get buts in the seats. I remember some talk about about him being one of the first in a line of pitchers in the farm to get us back on track to the glory years of multiple 20 game winners. It was all PR, but they were hitting it hard. Those of you who have a better memory of those years than I, might tack on a couple more guys to ole Daniel who were the heir apparent to the legacy of Palmer, Cueller, Dobson, and McNally... They even felt strongly enough to hang onto Daniel despite and amid "deep interest from other teams," when the predictable rocket ship began it's trajectory back to Earth.
  11. The other question for MLB or any sports organization is what is attendance going to look like? Despite my desire for sports, I'm out of attending any sporting event for some time. I'll probably wait until the 2021 seasons before I go to something like that. I imagine that attendance would be shockingly low for the most part even if they did start it. I also wondered earlier in this thread about how an outbreak of corona would affect the schedules if a team or teams had an infection as they often do with flu. That would shut down the whole team or teams for quarantine and wreak havoc with the schedule and game cancellations. It just seems like there are too many contingencies that adversely affect any major sport's ability to conduct business as "usual."
  12. ...second best. With all due respect, sir. Here's a video of how Orioles Magic began. Bill O'Donnell with the call and Charley Eckman in the background for punctuation. I loved listening to that trio on the radio. They must have had their own tap in the booth back then. They were always happy! Hilarious. Charley Eckman used to crack me up. "It's a very simple game!" The game call - the descriptions of situations and the build-up to the situations are just great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khPbyMj1teA
  13. Well, I think it's done. There are several things they just can't anticipate. Schools are now on a "30 day break and reassess" regimen. I think that's appropriate, but the school year only holds so many more of those 30-day re-aval's. The same is true of all of the sports. The other thing to consider is whether this is "seasonal" or not. If it's not and MLB gets on the field and a player gets the virus, that quarantines probably two to six teams for two weeks at a minimum. You can't shut down 1/8 or greater of the teams and expect to have a season in any traditional sense. I think it's over. It sucks, but barring the quickest vaccine in history we're going to be living in uncertainty for quite a while. Our trajectory is still up. Nothing is going back to normal before that changes.
  14. I figured perhaps Boston too... just because it's Boston. Why Minnesota? Toronto came to mind with me too because of the Hard Rock and Hotel.
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