Let's say the worst case scenario plays out, and there is no 2020 season. How will history treat this hole in everyone's career?
When I look back at players born in the 1920s I kind of give them a pass for missing seasons in WWII. Not just a pass like you'd give a guy who was hurt, but I make the assumption that they were active players at the time. I think you have to assume Joe DiMaggio was something like a 7-win player in each of 1943-45. He had 2214 hits, but history should judge him as someone who was a 2800 hit kind of player. DiMaggio and the others were that good, they were healthy, they were among the best players in the world, but outside circumstances meant they couldn't play. A little bit like the assumption that Oscar Charleston is one of the best players in history despite no MLB numbers. Segregation, completely outside his control, kept him from playing.
I was thinking about this because Mike Trout has the record for WAR through age 27. He probably won't through 28, because Ty Cobb had a nearly 10-win season at 28 and Trout will miss most (or at least half) of his. Trout needs a little over five wins to keep pace with Cobb.
So when 2043 rolls around and you're pondering the storied career of Renato Nunez, remember it should have been six wins total, not just five.
How long is a generation? About 30 years? The O's have been around in their modern incarnation for 66 years and have found themselves with Brooks, Cal, Eddie, Manny. None of them are Trout, but the only Trouts ever are probably Cobb, Ruth, Mays, and Trout. Bonds, I guess. And even Trout could fall off that list if his 30s don't quite measure up.