As the world continues a unilateral effort (aside from Florida) toward stopping the spread of COVID-19, the start of baseball season has been pushed back on more than one occasion. Major League Baseball announced on Monday that, in accordance with CDC recommendations, has moved back their expectation for Opening Day. Over the weekend, the league announced that Memorial Day would be a hopeful estimate, but it now appears that the league will refrain from committing to a firm date. Multiple sources mentioned the possibility that Opening Day could be pushed back to July, but without concrete details those speculations will remain as such. The league is taking extreme precautions during this difficult time, as they follow the directives from those with greater knowledge of the virus.
The battle for third base will be a topic of conversation for a very, very long time now. Wayne writes about the two candidates and how the competition may play out once the season finally begins.
Mark Bowman examines five takeaways from Spring Training. Interestingly, Bowman notes that Felix Hernandez, who was impressive statistically this spring, sat between 85-89 with his fastball. That may not inspire hope for a rebound season for many, but Hernandez may be capable of finding success even without a league-average fastball. It will be interesting to see how the right-hander fares once play resumes.
Garrett continues his series of roster predictions, this time focusing on the Mississippi Braves. They are predicted to feature an impressive cast of impact starters and top hitters, including Kyle Muller, Braden Shewmake, and William Contreras.
Major League Baseball is donating $1 million to aid in the fight against hunger while the world collectively fights against the pandemic COVID-19.
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Live baseball is not available presently, and will not be available in the near future, but fans can reminisce by watching these games.