Around Major League Baseball, there is a growing sense of optimism that there will be baseball in 2020. A lot of specifics still need to be hashed out before baseball even considers starting back up again. Where the league is going to play and how they will play is still up in the air but according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, a realistic timeline is starting to come to fruition.
The plan to return could be finalized by the end of May. Players and the league square out any disagreements they have by early June. Players have a week to arrive at designated “spring” training sites, whether that be in Arizona, Florida, their home cities, or another location. Spring training lasts three weeks and the regular season begins in July. From there, an 80-100 game season is held with playoffs in warm weather neutral sites. Games will almost certainly take place without fans, at least for the beginning of the season.
It’s always important to keep in mind that the situation remains fluid and what seems realistic today may not be the case 24 hours from now. But as Passan noted in his report, “From the league to the players to the owners to TV executives, this, or some derivation of it, registers as the most realistic option at this point.”
Rhys Hoskins misses postseason in MLB The Show Players League
Rhys Hoskins, who represented the Phillies in the MLB The Show Players League, finished with a 13-16 record. He missed out on the top eight and will not partake in the playoffs. On his final night of competition on Monday, Hoskins did finish strong. He hit a two-run walk-off home run as J.T. Realmuto against David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies in his first game and defeated Fernando Tatís Jr. of the San Diego Padres to finish out his schedule. Hoskins’ best moment from the league came when he faced Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker:
ESPN closing in on deal to broadcast South Korean baseball games
Live baseball could be coming to your television screen as soon as next week.
According to a report from Yoo-Jee-ho and Shin Chang-yong of Yonhap News Agency, ESPN is nearing a deal to broadcast multiple Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) games a week.
This is great news if you’re a Phillies fan who is desparate to watch a live game. The KBO features multiple former Phillies, including Ben Lively and David Buchanan of the Samsung Lions and Aaron Altherr of the NC Dinos.
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