Remember when we thought baseball would be back around July 4? You can probably kiss that dream goodbye now as the owners and the players remain unwilling to budge on an economic agreement for the 2020 season. As The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal pointed out on Saturday, teams would need at least 10 days to prepare their spring training sites to comply with new medical protocols. Additionally the second spring training session would last a minimum of three weeks.
July 4 is less than a month away. Once a new agreement is reached – if a new agreement is reached – players would need time to report for spring training, particularly those returning from foreign countries. Teams would need at least 10 days to prepare their spring-training sites and/or home ballparks to comply with new medical protocols, according to MLB. Spring training 2.0 would last a minimum of three weeks.
So seemingly, Major League Baseball has missed out on a golden opportunity to return in prime fashion on a holiday with virtually the entire world watching.
Atlanta Braves News
The Athletic’s David O’Brien talked with Braves third base coach Ron Washington about a variety of topics including the team’s long-term solution at third base.
“Camargo showed us what he’s capable of doing when he got a chance to play regularly,” Washington said last week. “And Riley showed that he made some adjustments coming back to spring training. I eventually think that Riley will be the guy. Down the road, you never know, but I do think eventually Riley will be the third baseman for the Atlanta Braves.”
Saturday’s flashback traveled back to the 2008 season and a wild extra-inning loss to the Phillies.
This week’s SB Nation reacts survey asked the simple question, will we have baseball in early July? We have the results.
Looking for more draft prep? The Athletic’s Keith Law released his ranking of the top 100 prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft.