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Less than a week after ESPN’s negotiations to acquire broadcast rights to Korea Baseball Organization games were reported to be all but dead, Jee-ho Yoo and Chang-yong Shin of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency now report that a deal is nearing completion. Yoo reported last week that ESPN had sought to acquire broadcast rights from Korean counterpart Eclat without any up-front payment — ultimately offering only a percentage of revenue if broadcasts proved profitable — despite the increased production costs for Eclat.

Additional details remain sparse at this time, though the Yonhap duo adds that the deal being discussed would allow ESPN to broadcast multiple KBO contests per week. South Korea’s 10-team league is slated to begin its regular season on May 5 — a bit more than five weeks after the initially scheduled season opener on March 28. The KBO season will begin without fans, although MBC’s Daniel Kim tweets that the league is discussing a plan to gradually allow fans back into stadiums, beginning with a 20-25 percent capacity and incrementally increasing from there.

[Related — Poll: would you watch KBO broadcasts?]

Several health regulations will be in place for players and gameday personnel as well (multiple tests per player prior to games, no spitting allowed, players and personnel in masks throughout the stadium except on the field/in the dugout, gloves and masks for umpires, strong discouragement of handshakes and high-fives). A player showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be immediately be tested and quarantined, while his stadium would be subject to a 48-hour closure for cleaning. A positive test from a player wouldn’t necessarily shut down the league but would prompt an immediate meeting between owners, league officials and health experts about the potential stoppage of play.

There’s still no concrete plan for when Major League Baseball can attempt to resume play (or whether it definitively will). The lack of baseball and other professional sports has been an obvious enormous strain not only on ESPN but all sports media outlets throughout the world. ESPN’s interest in airing some KBO play, then, isn’t surprising — but it’s also not without risk. Some sports-starved fans will surely flock to any competitive play, but there’s no guarantee on the extent of fan interest, and advertisers could be wary paying a hefty rate for an untested product in the United States.

For baseball fans, though, it’s an easy win — creating a readily accessible means of viewing one of the world’s top professional leagues and even offering a chance to see a handful of former big leaguers suiting up overseas. MLBTR ran through more than 30 former Major Leaguers who are set to play out the 2020 season in the KBO last week.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 05:30 (three months ago) link

who is ready to watch some kbo

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 05:30 (three months ago) link

who do we like

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/04/which-former-mlb-players-are-getting-ready-to-play-in-the-kbo.html

Doosan Bears (2019 record: 88-55-1)

Jose Miguel Fernandez, 1B/DH: The 32-year-old Fernandez was a notable signing out of Cuba by the Dodgers but never got a look with his original club. He latched on with the 2018 Angels and appeared in 36 games before heading to the KBO, where he posted a massive .344/.409/.483 slash even in a year that saw a leaguewide decrease in offense.
Raul Alcantara, RHP: Alcantara, 27, pitched with the Athletics in 2016-17. He notched a 4.01 ERA in 172 2/3 with the KT Wiz in Korea last season before inking a deal with the Bears this past winter.
Chris Flexen, RHP: Flexen struggled with the Mets from 2017-19 before signing up for his first overseas stint this past season. He had some success with the Mets’ Triple-A club and averaged a strikeout per inning at that level.

SK Wyverns (88-55-1)

Nick Kingham, RHP: The longtime Pirates top prospect never put it together in 131 2/3 big league innings, but he’s still just 28 years old. He’ll be an interesting name to monitor with regard to a future return.
Ricardo Pinto, RHP: The 26-year-old spent time with the Phillies, Rays and Giants organizations but struggled in limited MLB time.
Jamie Romak, 1B: The 33-year-old Romak only has 39 MLB plate appearances on his track record, but he’s become a consistent offensive force in the KBO, hitting .283/.376/.544 in three seasons with the Wyverns.

Kiwoom Heroes (86-57-1)

ByungHo Park, 1B: Park’s big free-agent deal with the Minnesota Twins didn’t pan out, but he’s posted an OPS north of 1.000 since returning to the Heroes two seasons ago.
Taylor Motter, INF/OF: The versatile 30-year-old didn’t hit much in 141 MLB games between the Rays, Mariners and Twins. He’ll hope for an overseas breakout in 2020.
Jake Brigham, RHP: Brigham, 32, only got a brief look with the 2015 Braves, but he’s entering his fourth KBO season — his second with the Heroes. In a total of 501 1/3 KBO innings, he’s posted a 3.72 ERA with 7.2 K/9 against 2.2 BB/9.
Eric Jokisch, LHP: An encouraging 2014 stint with the Cubs (three runs in 14 1/3 innings) never led to another MLB look for Jokisch, who bounced around the Triple-A circuit before turning in an impressive 3.13 ERA and 141-to-39 K/BB ratio in 181 1/3 frames in last year’s KBO debut.

LG Twins (79-64-1)

Hyun-Soo Kim, OF: The former Oriole and Phillie returned to the KBO after a two-year MLB stint in 2016-17, signing a four-year, $10.7MM deal with LG. The “Hitting Machine,” as he was nicknamed in the KBO, posted an OPS north of 1.000 in his return and has largely picked up where he left off.
Casey Kelly, RHP: The one-time star Red Sox prospect is now 30 years old and fresh off a 2.55 ERA, 6.3 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 through 180 1/3 innings in his first KBO season.
Tyler Wilson, RHP: Wilson, also 30, floundered through 145 innings with the Orioles before finding himself with the LG Twins, for whom he’s tossed 355 innings with a 2.99 ERA, 7.3 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9.
Roberto Ramos, 1B: One of the few players on this list who never appeared in the Majors, the 25-year-old Ramos is a former Rockies prospect who signed on for his first season of Asian ball after hitting .309/.400/.580 in Triple-A last year.

NC Dinos (73-69-2)

Aaron Altherr, OF: One of the more recognizable names on the list, Altherr at times looked like a budding star with the Phillies. He fizzled out after some notable injuries, though, and is will make his KBO debut at 29 this year.
Mike Wright, RHP: Another former O’s hurler, Wright appeared in parts of five seasons with Baltimore. He had his share of success in Triple-A (3.76 ERA) but regularly struggled in the big leagues (6.00 ERA in 258 frames). He’s making his KBO debut this season as well.
Drew Rucinski, RHP: The 31-year-old saw time with the Angels, Twins and most recently the Marlins (2018). He returns to the Dinos after pitching 177 2/3 frames of 3.05 ERA ball in 2019 (6.0 K/9, 2.3 BB/9).

KT Wiz (71-71-2)

Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP: The 2020 season will be the first in the KBO for the 33-year-old Despaigne — a six-year MLB veteran who has tallied 363 innings in the big leagues.
Jae-Gyun Hwang, 3B: The (San Francisco) Giants signed Hwang back in 2017 but never gave him a long look despite a memorable home run in his MLB debut. He’s a productive regular in the KBO once again, having signed a four-year, $7.9MM deal with the Wiz prior to the 2018 season.
Mel Rojas Jr., OF: The 29-year-old Rojas never got a chance with the Pirates or Braves, and he’s now one of the KBO’s top hitters. In three seasons with the Wiz, Rojas has mashed at a .310/.377/.561 clip. He’s hit 30 homers in consecutive seasons.
William Cuevas, RHP: Cuevas, 29, got a cup of coffee with both the Red Sox and Tigers before jumping to the KBO and posting a 3.62 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 184 innings last year.

Kia Tigers (62-80-2)

Preston Tucker, OF: The former Astros prospect had a hot start with the ’18 Braves but faded quickly. He’s set for a second season with the Tigers after hitting .311/.381/.479 in last year’s debut effort.
Aaron Brooks, RHP: Brooks, 30 next week, pitched for the A’s, Royals and O’s between 2014-19 but struggled to a 6.49 ERA in 179 2/3 innings. He’s set for his KBO debut.
Drew Gagnon, RHP: A third-round pick of the Brewers in 2011, Gagnon saw MLB action with the Mets in 2018-19 but performed poorly. He had a bit 2019 season in Triple-A (2.33 ERA in 88 2/3 innings), which helped attract interest overseas.

Samsung Lions (60-83-1)

Seunghwan Oh, RHP: Oh enjoyed a quality four-year run with the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Rockies before undergoing elbow surgery last summer and heading back to the Lions, for whom he starred for nine seasons as one of the best relievers in league history (a tenure that earned him his incredible “Final Boss” nickname).
Tyler Saladino, INF: The former White Sox utilityman saw MLB time with the Brewers in 2018-19 and now heads to South Korea for the first time at 30 years of age.
David Buchanan, RHP: Buchanan hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since a 2014-15 run with the Phillies. He’s spent the past three seasons with Japan’s Yakult Swallows, working to a 4.07 ERA in 433 innings — mostly working as a starter.
Ben Lively, RHP: A prospect of some note for a bit with the Phillies, Lively had a solid MLB debut in ’17 but never further established himself. He gave the Lions 57 innings of 3.95 ERA ball after signing midseason in 2019.

Hanwha Eagles (58-86)

Jared Hoying, OF: Hoying barely got a look with the Rangers in 2016-17, but he’s compiled a .296/.355/.519 slash in two seasons with the Eagles so far.
Warwick Saupold, RHP: The Aussie hurler managed a 4.98 ERA in three seasons with the Tigers before taking his 80-grade name to the KBO. In last year’s 192-inning debut, he logged a 3.51 ERA.
Chad Bell, LHP: Bell and Saupold were teammates with the Tigers. Both debuted in the KBO last year, and Bell’s 3.50 ERA is a near-identical match to his longtime teammate.

Lotte Giants (48-93-3)

Dan Straily, RHP: The most accomplished pitcher on this list, Straily racked up 495 1/3 innings of 4.03 ERA ball with the Reds and Marlins from 2016-18 before his production fell off a cliff in 2019. He’ll hope to rebound on a one-year, $1MM deal with the Giants.
Dae-ho Lee, 1B: The 37-year-old slugger came to the Majors for one season with the 2016 Mariners before returning to Korea on a four-year, $12.9MM contract that represented the largest deal in KBO history at the time. Lee’s bat faded in 2019, but he mashed 37 homers with a .987 OPS in 2018.
Adrian Sampson, RHP: The 31-year-old comes to the Giants for his own KBO debut with a solid Triple-A track record but an ugly 5.71 ERA in 153 MLB innings.
Dixon Machado, INF: Yet another former Tiger, Machado spent 2019 with the Cubs’ Triple-A club, where he hit .261/.371/.480 before agreeing to a deal with Lotte this winter.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 05:37 (three months ago) link

how do you not root for KT Wiz?

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 05:38 (three months ago) link

Nobody beats the wiz

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:15 (three months ago) link

Major League Baseball officials have become cautiously optimistic this week that the season will start in late June, and no later than July 2, playing at least 100 regular-season games, according to three executives with knowledge of the talks. They requested anonymity because the plan is still under consideration.

And not only would baseball be played, but it would be played in their own major-league ballparks, albeit with no fans.

MLB is considering a three-division, 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division – a concept gaining support among owners and executives. It would abolish the traditional American and National Leagues, and realign the divisions based on geography.

The plan, pending approval of medical experts and providing that COVID-19 testing is available to the public, would eliminate the need for players to be in isolation and allow them to still play at their home ballparks while severely reducing travel.

The divisions would keep many of the natural rivals together, while playing one another before an expanded playoff format.

Here's a look at the possible realignment structure:

EAST

New York Yankees and Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins

WEST

Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners

CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

mookieproof, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 21:00 (three months ago) link

idg why atlanta would be in the central instead of pittsburgh, but whatevs

mookieproof, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 21:06 (three months ago) link

it's an unwritten rule of baseball that the atlanta braves should be in a division that doesn't line up with their geographic location

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 21:13 (three months ago) link

it is comforting that some traditions remain itut

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 21:33 (three months ago) link

just looked up ken oberkfell's stats (he turned 64 today)

16 seasons, 1602 games -- 1046 of them as a 3B and another 43 at 1B

he hit 29 homers total, never more than 5 in a season

mookieproof, Monday, 4 May 2020 22:06 (three months ago) link

Anyone know which KBO team has a solid record of futility and dashed hopes? Want to maintain some consistency in my fandom.

JoeStork, Monday, 4 May 2020 22:11 (three months ago) link

Let’s just say that’s KT Wiz

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 4 May 2020 22:48 (three months ago) link

probably bullshit but who knows

Want some good baseball news??

I just heard from multiple sources that on June 10th, Spring Training 2 will start. July 1st will be Opening Day and all teams will be playing at their home ballparks.

We’ll be discussing it in full on the next @TalkinBaseball_

— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) May 4, 2020

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 4 May 2020 22:51 (three months ago) link

for no reason, i'm watching the pine tar game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvu_1JMY36k&list=PL9qa1Jiw7oNLoWf4OturkhsqawIbcTzOn&index=2

it's the yankees broadcast, with phil rizzuto and frank messer. i'd never heard either of them before. there are some awkward moments!!

it's interesting to watch, not knowing when the moment is going to happen. almost an hour and fifty minutes in now, in the bottom of the 7th.

a young hotshot named don mattingly just pinch-hit! it's going to be tough to figure out whether or not to send him down, once ken griffey gets back from the DL.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:08 (two months ago) link

also dave winfield crushed a HR early on, it was amazing. he also made some VERY bad plays in the OF.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:09 (two months ago) link

jose martinez: actually about as good in the OF as dave winfield??

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:09 (two months ago) link

was so hilarious to hear phil rizutto trash wade boggs as "contact only", before pointing to his lack of RBIs

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:12 (two months ago) link

wade boggs was a goddamned hero

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:12 (two months ago) link

HERE COMES THE GOOSE

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:31 (two months ago) link

never knew the bit about gaylord perry snatching the book off the field!

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:41 (two months ago) link

ha! and when they resume the game, ken griffey is back, and mattingly's at second! classicbaseball.com

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:46 (two months ago) link

"it's being played under protest, we just got the sign, there it is, the peace sign, from the plate umpire, in this case that george maloney that billy martin has protested this ballgame."

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:50 (two months ago) link

the crowd is wasted

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:52 (two months ago) link

in multiple dimensions of time

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:52 (two months ago) link

i was born 2 months before this game. i was pooping my pants DURING this game

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:52 (two months ago) link

lol that the umpires from the first game signed an affadavit indicating that brett touched all four bases on his home run trot, foiling martin's plan to destroy the royals with dastardly logic. fuck you martin! seriously

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:55 (two months ago) link

also - *passes out* - mattingly comes to bat in the bottom of the 9th, and in a bizarre circumstance, has a chance to create a 25-game hitting streak out of nowhere. apparently, the pine tar game was the only one out of 25 games where he didn't get a hit. so in the resumption of the game, he has a chance to fill in that gap in the hitting streak by getting a hit. he makes great contact, but it doesn't fall in (same deal with his earlier pinch hit appearance, actually).

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:58 (two months ago) link

i'd never heard either of them before.

Rizzuto, besides being comically inattentive, had some of his freeform musings compiled into a 'poetry' book. Yankee haters listened for the lols.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 16:48 (two months ago) link

i didn't even know he was an announcer after his playing days. and doing play-by-play, to boot! usually the ex-players are color commentary guys, it seems

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 16:57 (two months ago) link

Those broadcasts suffered a blow when Scooter left...he started doing fewer and fewer innings, and just leaving sometimes in like the middle of the 5th inning w/o telling anybody incl. Bill White

He was enflesslessly entertaining. One of my favorites was when he said nobody will ever forget where they were the day Joe D's hitting streak began

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 17:19 (two months ago) link

late in his career they would insert a long shot of the GW bridge would begin Scooter's trek home to New Jersey...around the 6th inning.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 21:20 (two months ago) link

Yankee telecast, circa mid 80s, as Rickey Henderson slides into second with a double (Bill White, if you don't know, is black):

PHIL RIZZUTO: Boy, that Rickey is so graceful... He's like Fred Astaire! Or Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

BILL WHITE: Now, is he more like Fred Astaire, or Bojangles?
(pause)

RIZZUTO: Awww White, you huckleberry! (both laugh heartily)

― Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, August 17, 2004

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 21:23 (two months ago) link

he was no ralph kiner

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 23:35 (two months ago) link

Huckleberry! Everybody was a huckleberry.

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 7 May 2020 02:06 (two months ago) link

wait what

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 7 May 2020 03:06 (two months ago) link

can the noncabled get a feed for these KBO games?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 May 2020 17:48 (two months ago) link

appears that they are streamed on twitch and on a korean app called naver, but either one likely requires a vpn

https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/gf31ky/kbo_twitch_broadcast_links/

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 May 2020 17:59 (two months ago) link

i don't think the twitch streams require a VPN (but i could be wrong).

they're listed here, at the bottom:

https://www.twitch.tv/search?term=kbo

and here's a direct link to one of the games: https://www.twitch.tv/kbo3/video/614666650

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 16:25 (two months ago) link

sweet

mookieproof, Friday, 8 May 2020 17:03 (two months ago) link

so, the draft is only going to be 5 rounds this year. things are going to get weird.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/05/mlb-to-hold-5-round-draft.html

MLB has decided upon a five-round draft this summer, according to Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com (links to Twitter). The union had previously agreed to the possibility of a draft as short as five rounds, though more recently had pushed for a lengthier process.

Commissioner Rob Manfred laid down the decision when MLB and the MLBPA could not come to an agreement on the particulars. Interestingly, Passan notes, a ten-round draft was also preferred by baseball operations departments. The version on offer from the league would’ve effectively separated the draft into two five-round sections with greater spending limitations on the latter half, along with a cap on undrafted signings.

Ultimately, it seems, owners were more concerned with avoiding the cost of additional bonuses than they were intrigued by the potential to acquire more high-end talent in the later stages of the draft. Draft-eligible players that are not selected in the five rounds will be eligible to sign for a maximum bonus of $20K.

Teams may struggle to woo players they don’t select. Typically, later-round choices can be paid quite a bit more than $20K. With collegiate play a viable alternative, many will elect to await a (hopefully) more lucrative professional starting point.

Then again, perhaps teams will find some success competing with geography, promises of advancement and opportunity, and other creative inducements. Manfred will no doubt need to be proactive in policing this arena. There’s huge potential upside to be had, which creates some potentially worrying incentives.

Finding value in the draft has long been a chief aim of baseball ops departments. Now they’ll have never-before-seen chances to sign an unlimited number of players for bargain prices. That’ll involve recruitment, of course, but there’s a rare possibility for major imbalance in the talent haul.

Even putting aside worries of rule-breaking behavior, there’ll be potential for havoc. Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes (Twitter link) the possibility of pressure on “late”-round picks to take what they can get or face a $20K cap. There’s also a sense that innumerable soft factors could sway large numbers of players in varying directions, as Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com notes on Twitter. There’ll certainly be downstream effects for players that choose to enter or remain in the collegiate and JuCo ranks.

porlockian solicitor (Karl Malone), Monday, 11 May 2020 17:16 (two months ago) link

MLB owners have approved a proposal for the 2020 season to present to the players’ union, source tells The Athletic. Meeting expected between union and league tomorrow.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 11, 2020

porlockian solicitor (Karl Malone), Monday, 11 May 2020 18:00 (two months ago) link

latest proposal, i think, was for teams of each geographic region to only play teams in their region. for example, an AL West team would only play AL West and NL West teams. 7 teams would make the playoffs in each league, with only the top team receiving a bye for the first round.

porlockian solicitor (Karl Malone), Monday, 11 May 2020 18:01 (two months ago) link

I don't know why they don't just write this season off. (I do know why: money.) Winning a title won't mean anything. I guess the counting-stats are important to possible outer-circle HOF-ers (I can think of a few players '94 hurt in that regard: Lofton, Cone, etc.), but there are a lot of hoops to jump through to salvage a mess. Doesn't some kind of insurance kick in? It did during the strike years.

clemenza, Monday, 11 May 2020 21:52 (two months ago) link

union already hates the proposal, views 'revenue-sharing' as a salary cap

considering the way it's being framed (already) in the press, i don't think this is ground the union should want to fight on. it may not even be united on the matter, as long as the provisions cover just this season. they'd be better off focusing on the still-extremely-vague health and testing protocols

otoh, if you're gonna be guaranteed a certain percentage, one would assume that you'd get to look at the books in depth

mookieproof, Monday, 11 May 2020 22:23 (two months ago) link

fuck the press, the union and the owners agreed on payment a month ago and the owners are changing the deal last minute. why wouldn't they fight back on that? the union isn't beholden to public opinion, bob nightengale and his headline writers aren't a factor

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 06:38 (two months ago) link

mark teixeira says he would play for pennies on the dollar, (democratic) illinois governor slams players for 'holding out'

all v. cool

mookieproof, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 21:41 (two months ago) link

The billionaire governor, representing the people by supporting the owners

porlockian solicitor (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:26 (two months ago) link

ac-cen-tchu-ate the positive (tests)

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 July 2020 16:04 (four days ago) link

Remember, fans don’t actually like baseball players. They just like their work product. https://t.co/zXf1vfuRDJ

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) July 31, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 July 2020 16:31 (four days ago) link

wow, multiple industries

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 July 2020 17:00 (four days ago) link

11:55am: The Cardinals issued a statement that the two tests which came back positive were performed Wednesday prior to their game with the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Cardinals have not been to Miller Park yet. That statement carries particular significance for the Twins and for the Indians, who used Target Field’s visiting clubhouse last night.

as i watching that last game with the twins, i knew i might be watching the last cardinals game of the year. it is so surreal to hear a baseball announcer talk about how safe the team is being, the "overabundance of caution", while at the same time the camera shows a bunch of sweaty players in the same dugout with no masks on

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 July 2020 17:48 (four days ago) link

it’s a microcosm of the entire us response. only plan for best-case scenario, divert risk onto the federated interests, ignore every warning sign because there might be money on the table, treat the workers like interchangeable chess pieces

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 31 July 2020 17:51 (four days ago) link

it's a real testament to the power of sports mythology that nick markakis just opted *in* to this shitshow

mookieproof, Friday, 31 July 2020 17:54 (four days ago) link

btw

............................... https://t.co/rLTvg0Xo6b pic.twitter.com/ebc4zxMjz1

— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) July 31, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 31 July 2020 17:57 (four days ago) link

i mean, half these dudes are pointing up at god after hitting a home run. magical thinking is the default

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 July 2020 17:58 (four days ago) link

white sox are calling up 2B nick madrigal, who in 163 minor league games/705 plate appearances has hit .309 while striking out 21 times

he perhaps lacks the sheer charisma of Our Willians, but remains intersting

mookieproof, Friday, 31 July 2020 18:05 (four days ago) link

half these dudes are pointing up at god after hitting a home run

Brandon Nimmo does this after he gets hit by a pitch

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:40 (four days ago) link

seven-inning doubleheaders are now official; looking forward to everyone losing their shit when there's a no-hitter

mookieproof, Friday, 31 July 2020 19:30 (four days ago) link

wow, 14 innings instead of 18. that's almost 23% safer!!!

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:31 (four days ago) link

how many players need to be sick before a game is cancelled? well, it depends. if it's just one or two, you can play in two days. if it's 17, though, you're gonna have to wait a week. socially distant shade areas have also been constructed up and down the first and third base lines in the stands, so that we can imagine what it would look if players utilized them instead of sweating on each other in the dugout. the level of caution: abundant

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:33 (four days ago) link

and now for the hyundai coronavirus death update, we go to jimmy the cat hayes, stationed in a room without windows in an disclosed complex with 2009-era wi-fi

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:34 (four days ago) link

*puts on very online voice*

If I wuz a player i'd be sitting in the stands

'we'

The conversation between Manfred and Clark was not a threat but a reality check that was relayed to players -- and has spread quickly among them: We -- all of us -- need to clean this up, because if we don't, Major League Baseball in 2020 is going to be over.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 31 July 2020 21:22 (four days ago) link

It's fair for Manfred to raise the specter of the season being called off. In doing so, he underlines that the risks and responsibilities of avoiding the virus are borne not by the owners, but by the players. The ones who accepted one pay cut and were browbeaten about another.

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) July 31, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 July 2020 22:17 (four days ago) link

the players are just a fraction of the people involved

each team has what, 60-70 personnel, flying all over the place? it's not the players' fault. what you're trying to do is inherently risky.

frogbs, Friday, 31 July 2020 22:46 (four days ago) link

that entire crane interview is absolutely depraved

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Saturday, 1 August 2020 00:01 (three days ago) link

yeah. i don't think manfred actually has the authority to do anything to jim crane, but i'm sure it was made clear that it's in everyone's best interests that he simply shut the fuck up for the foreseeable future. billionaires, what can you do

also brandon taubman is in his mid 30s

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 August 2020 00:29 (three days ago) link

From today's piece...teams that don't hit a home run are 19-41. Take out the games where both teams don't, and teams that don't hit a homer when their opponent does are 11-33. 43% of runs have scored on homers. Highest K rate ever, lowest BABIP in 30 years. Only one way to win.

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) August 1, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 03:28 (three days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjkuJPvMrI8

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 1 August 2020 06:00 (three days ago) link

Between four and six additional Cardinals have tested positive, a source tells The Athletic. Another postponement tonight would appear likely. On it: @CraigMish.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 14:08 (three days ago) link

Of the four new positives on the #Cardinals that I can confirm, three are staff. One is a player.

— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 1, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 15:12 (three days ago) link

wait, is this thing spreading now!?

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Saturday, 1 August 2020 16:52 (three days ago) link

Phillies, with doubleheaders likely when they resume, might not want to risk health of certain pitchers. Yet, none can go on COVID IL because they have no cases among players. So to bring up pitchers from alternate site, they would need to risk losing some currently on roster. https://t.co/rXLyEDXuEo

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 16:59 (three days ago) link

xp

It’s like the virus just ignores MLB’s memo. Rude.

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) August 1, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:00 (three days ago) link

Lorenzo Cain opting out of the season. Good for him.

frogbs, Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:04 (three days ago) link

Is Nick Markakis still opting in? Very bizarre timing.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:06 (three days ago) link

I just don't think there is anywhere enough discipline or luck in the MLB for this setup to complete this truncated season.

Red Sox and Yanks game was brutally slow last night (more than usual), especially when flipping back and forth with the track meet basketball games happening in the Biodome.

earlnash, Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:13 (three days ago) link

Someone, maybe on the EW podcast, suggested they might shut down and reopen with a single-site tournament.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:16 (three days ago) link

Is Nick Markakis still opting in? Very bizarre timing.

― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, August 1, 2020 12:06 PM

Seems very in-character for him, insufferably macho and stoic.

Irritable Baal (WmC), Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:24 (three days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/IQGe8Ay.png

it's not the players' fault, of course, not by themselves. but look at this shit. wish we could rename this thread "an overabundance of caution"

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Saturday, 1 August 2020 18:49 (three days ago) link

Someone, maybe on the EW podcast, suggested they might shut down and reopen with a single-site tournament.

i can’t imagine this being logistically possible any time soon. maybe for next season

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 August 2020 23:06 (three days ago) link

Eduardo Rodriguez (heart issue related to Covid) will not return this year. The Red Sox do say they expect him to make a full recovery, and hopefully that’s the case.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2020



this is so sad

maura, Saturday, 1 August 2020 23:11 (three days ago) link

tis

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 00:48 (two days ago) link

“We”? https://t.co/fcujIXN0vS

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) August 1, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 00:51 (two days ago) link

Flipped on the Yankees Red Sox, first 4 things on the chyron were:

18 players on the Marlins infected
4 more positives on the Cardinals
Rodriguez- heart damage
Lorenzo Cain opts out of season

I was pretty pessimistic to begin with but holy shit heck of a Week 1

frogbs, Sunday, 2 August 2020 01:42 (two days ago) link

If the season ended today — and in 2020, that’s not just a trite turn of phrase — the Orioles would be In the playoffs.

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) August 2, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 15:04 (two days ago) link

The exact number of positive tests is not yet known. The first to report considerable concern in latest round of tests: @JonHeyman. https://t.co/Cwnkux0Ei3

— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) August 2, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:41 (two days ago) link

btw Reds and Tigers are tied in the 6th in a shortened doubleheader opener. Do they use the phantom runner in the 8th?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:22 (two days ago) link

UPDATE: Yoenis Céspedes has decided not to play the remainder of the season for COVID-19 related reasons.

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 2, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:25 (two days ago) link

David Stearns says Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy is currently resting comfortably in the hospital, should be released in a couple of days after suffering a heart attack Saturday during the Brewers workout. Prognosis for a recovery is good, Stearns said.

— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) August 3, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 August 2020 12:00 (yesterday) link

In MLB’s view, Phillies’ lack of positive COVID-19 tests demonstrates two things: 1. Club-to-club transmission will not be that high given limited amount of interaction between opponents on field. 2. Phillies have been diligent following health and safety protocols.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 3, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 August 2020 18:50 (yesterday) link

1. depends on 2.

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Monday, 3 August 2020 18:54 (yesterday) link

cardinal covid count increases to 13 (including 7 players)

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Monday, 3 August 2020 20:00 (yesterday) link

as best i can tell, heyman is claiming this based on something jerry hairston jr said 'he was hearing' two days ago. fuckin journalism

At least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino, as @TheRealJHair 1st suggested. MLB has since tightened its rule on leaving the team hotel from very strongly discouraged to not allowed. Cards Covid count going into today: 3 players, 4 staff

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 3, 2020

mookieproof, Monday, 3 August 2020 21:05 (yesterday) link

If the season ended today — and in 2020, that’s not just a trite turn of phrase — the Orioles would be In the playoffs.

Third-best record in the AL, that's what's up!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 3 August 2020 21:23 (yesterday) link


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