Dave Johnson was just good enough at exactly the right moment in '89. People say Pete Rose got more out of his talent than anyone else. But Johnson threw about 83 mph. He had nothin'. If a 29-year old version of Johnson showed up to Orioles spring training this year you'd check Elias' sanity. He had 26 strikeouts in 89 innings. And he started the most important game of the 1989 Major League season and almost won the thing.
In his MLB career base stealers were 4-for-17.
As I've seen the White House has no plan. We can't even make a decision on getting an aircraft carrier with 70 sailors onboard that have COVID 19 off a ship with 5,000+ sailors in non-wartime. Or sending potentially contaminated recruits to boot camp, ala Marines and Army.
Basically, because there is no national leadership, it is state by state which as you pointed out is going to prolong this process. Seems the doctors want to see a downward movement in cases as concern is overloading hospitals, as we have very little ventilators.
I was speaking more to proximity being for Eastern League as the only two teams further south than Harrisburg is Bowie and Richmond, which is allegedly a reason for downsizing in an effort to decrease travel distances. Potomac is no more, that team moved to Fredericksburg. And I'm assuming Wilmington will remain a franchise in Carolina League due to politics, as Frederick is a better stadium IMO and draws better crowds. Therefore, I expect Aberdeen to be the A franchise in the Carolina league for us if this contraction does actually occur of MiLB.
Yeah - ESPN has way more to worry about the changing landscape of cable subscriptions than MLB. MLB could easily pivot to streaming if needed, they've been leaders in that.
MLB's biggest problem is figuring out a way to keep kids engaged in the sport, so they have an audience in the future. That's far more difficult.
These stay at home orders need a plan. If you just say stay at home 30 days and then in 30 days stay home another 30 days. It isn't solving anything. If they are using that time to get more equipment and ramping up hospitals and getting more testing, and getting out masks to everyone in the community that makes sense. But I don't hear about any plans. If your plan is to keep everyone on semi-lockdown for 2 years that isn't going to work. I would like to hear someone tell me their plans.
The DiMaggio streak would be more vulnerable if there were conditions where somebody could hit .400. It's been 10 years since anyone hit .350!
I know nobody listens to me, but I'd much rather have a league that hits .290 with five Ks a game than .250 with 10, which is basically what we have now.
And if Scooter Gennett can hit four homers in a game, is it really that unlikely that someone hits five? Might as well be someone like Ryan Mountcastle.