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Old 07-23-2020, 06:23 AM   #1
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Thumbs Up MLB 2020- Coronavirus Version

Well, the 2020 MLB officially begins tonight. Thanks to the pandemic, we've got 60 games in empty stadiums. Not the same, but I'll take it. Can the Nats repeat? The Astros sure got lucky. No fans in the stands to boo. Perhaps they'll pipe in some boos anyway.
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Will the Blue Jaya play their home games on Fight Island?
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Will the Blue Jays play their home games on Fight Island?
Looks like they'll be Truckin' up to Buffalo, but this has become almost a comedy show.
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Old 07-23-2020, 07:45 AM   #4
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Happy opening day. Weirdly, I’m looking forward to this strange season (which I didn’t expect to).

Go Yanks.
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Old 07-23-2020, 10:33 AM   #6
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there's no way any part of this season is going to be seen as legit in the long run but it's going to be fun to watch for as long as it lasts. tbh i don't think they're going to finish the season and crown a "champion". i suspect that all the travelling is going to screw them over eventually.
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Old 07-23-2020, 10:46 AM   #7
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You mean you are not looking forward to watching the Baltimore Blue Jays?
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Old 07-23-2020, 01:43 PM   #9
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Hope the White Sox do well in that division. I guess the Twinkies went for it, but I can't believe the Cleveland baseball team salary dumped Kluber.

Juan Soto testing positive on opening day is... not great.
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"Indians to meet with Native Americans about name" is an actual ESPN ticker headline right now.
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This Soto positive test shows how vulnerable this season is. He got his result today for a test he took on Tuesday, and presumably interacted with his team since. And presumably the results of tests taken today will not be known until the weekend, so the team is still interacting with each other - and now with another team. It's not dissimilar to the Chapman situation, which did not lead to additional positives, but he hadn't spent much time with the team at that point. But with another team involved.
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You mean you are not looking forward to watching the Baltimore Blue Jays?
i'm very glad they aren't playing here. regardless of how tight the bubble at the stadium is they still need to travel through the airport (where my SO works) and get downtown. toronto has a pretty good handle on our virus situation now and having american teams travel back and forth is just asking for a setback. it sucks for the team but it's not worth the risk.

the jays are going to be a basement team again anyways this year going up against both east divisions so it's apt that they'll share a home with their fellow bottom-dwellers.

let's go phillies.
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Yeah, I think playing in Baltimore makes sense for all involved (including other teams in the two divisions), but I can't help it will be easy on the players to basically be on the road for the whole season in an era when they can't go out to restaurants and stuff.

I don't think they are a basement team though. Not a bad bet to finish third in that division with Boston's pitching issues, and in a short season the separation is so small among teams.

The NL East should be interesting.
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This Soto positive test shows how vulnerable this season is. He got his result today for a test he took on Tuesday, and presumably interacted with his team since. And presumably the results of tests taken today will not be known until the weekend, so the team is still interacting with each other - and now with another team. It's not dissimilar to the Chapman situation, which did not lead to additional positives, but he hadn't spent much time with the team at that point. But with another team involved.
Season won't make it to August.
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Gerrit Cole will strike everyone out to promote social distancing on the bases.
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Agreeing on a new postseason format three hours before first pitch: not good.
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Juan Soto has COVID. Season canceled.
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The #1 seed has to play a normal 3 game series to make the 5 game division series? LOL

Can't wait for a 28-32 #8 seed to knock off the #1 seed. Even awful teams take series from great teams throughout the season, let alone mediocre ones.
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It’s atrocious.
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i don't really care so much about this season but i am mildly concerned that (if they get that far this year) MLB is going to see the dollar signs from the extra playoff games and keep the 16 team postseason when we're back to 162 games.
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