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Old 03-19-2020, 09:11 AM
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Remember when playing in empty stadiums was looked at as something being from another planet? I'd take that right now.

Assuming the Virus situation settles down, I can see limited 40 man camps re-opening in late April and the season opening in mid May with no fans, and players under strict quarantine rules and testing.

Fans in stadiums probably July at the earliest.

I think Baseball will be looked at as a way to bring back society to some sort of badly needed normalization in late Spring and Summer.
According to Cub fans, that is any given Sox game over the past 20 years......
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Old 03-19-2020, 10:10 AM
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According to Cub fans, that is any given Sox game over the past 20 years......
I seem to remember good attendance in 2005 and 2006. Sadly, the product on the field has been mostly ****ty ever since. That will change soon.
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Old 03-19-2020, 02:57 PM
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Heck tie it into weekend of July 4th. Host the game Sunday night. Most of the country will be chilling at home after a big blowout weekend. Then start the season Tuesday or Wednesday. How much more "America" do you need than that.
Well, America means different things to different people, so to some, that would mean nothing. There are varied schools of thought.

We have to have an Xmastime World Series if the season starts in July. Play at your nearest warm stadium if you don't have one, which means that us and the flubs would play home games at Miller Park. Make the deadline November 10 to do so, meaning, no games at Comiskey or Wrigley after Nov 10.

A July to October season is not enough to determine the playoff field. Gotta extend the regular season to Nov, which means the WS would be in late December, which is fine. The fans will make the trek. No team is that far from a dome. NE teams have Olympic Stadium or the Carrier Dome. Midwest have Miller or Skydome. NW have Safeco.

If the season can't start till late July or even August, I say scrap the regular format and do a special 1-time MLB Cup. No WS should be played off so little reg season games. Still have baseball, but for another trophy that isn't the Commissioners. A purely regional group stage, top 16 teams make the KO rounds, all 7 game series until there is a winner. Washington will remain World Champs no matter what, but this will be something to play for since time ran out to have anything resembling a proper season.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:47 AM
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I'm not sure people are realistic about what's happening. In absence of a vaccine, the virus will be an issue for quite some time. Immunity will be built among the population gradually, but the virus will be traveling across the country and new hotspots will continue to pop up.

Perhaps there will be games in empty ballparks in what would have been the second half of the season, but I don't see how ballparks will be opened to fans this year.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:41 PM
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Places like New York, Seattle and San Francisco have to be the biggest concerns for MLB to start. Plus players essentially have to start from zero, so they have to do spring training again. So if they redo spring training in April, keep the games as intersquad, then with any luck, June or July are the likely start dates.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:02 PM
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According to Cub fans, that is any given Sox game over the past 20 years......
And the proper response to that is that the Cubs don't have to worry about catching the virus because they can't catch anything.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:15 PM
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And the proper response to that is that the Cubs don't have to worry about catching the virus because they can't catch anything.
Nice.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:18 PM
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Places like New York, Seattle and San Francisco have to be the biggest concerns for MLB to start.
There is no place that is not a concern. As BainesHOF said, new hotspots will pop up. I think every MLB city will go through this.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:19 AM
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I'm not sure people are realistic about what's happening. In absence of a vaccine, the virus will be an issue for quite some time. Immunity will be built among the population gradually, but the virus will be traveling across the country and new hotspots will continue to pop up.

Perhaps there will be games in empty ballparks in what would have been the second half of the season, but I don't see how ballparks will be opened to fans this year.

That's what i'm thinking also, but for next year hopefully . there is no way a season gets played in 2020 . i'm watching any old games that i can find, sometimes just to have them running in the background, so things seem more normal.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:43 AM
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NBC Sports Chicago is going to run some White Sox “classic” games, starting today with home openers from last year (?? that’s classic?) and 2005. It will be good to have some White Sox baseball on in the background.
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:16 AM
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https://www.mlb.com/news/mike-trout-...day-2020-video
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:27 PM
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The league and players have agreed not to begin the season until travel restrictions and bans on mass gatherings are lifted. Neutral sites and games without fans may be considered, but this makes me nervous on whether there will be an actual season.
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The league and players have agreed not to begin the season until travel restrictions and bans on mass gatherings are lifted. Neutral sites and games without fans may be considered, but this makes me nervous on whether there will be an actual season.
The concerning part is they want to wait until there's 'no health risks', and that seems impossible. We can get lower risk, but not NO risk. So hopefully they're not too serious about that.
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Maybe I missed this, but I just discovered MLB vault on youtube yesterday. They have hundreds of games, going back to the 50s. I watched part of game four of the 2005 world series, including the Juan Uribe defensive highlight reel.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:14 PM
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Maybe I missed this, but I just discovered MLB vault on youtube yesterday. They have hundreds of games, going back to the 50s. I watched part of game four of the 2005 world series, including the Juan Uribe defensive highlight reel.
Juan was the Gold Standard in those playoffs. Tiny little glove and a cannon of an arm. Watching my DVD's now, the WS was almost anti-climactic after the great ALCS.
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