Marlins93

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  1. I'm as appalled by the Marlins outbreak as any fan of another team is, but the strip club rumors were only reported by columnist and he didn't exude much certainty. I wouldn't be terribly shocked if they turn out to be true, but I think it's important to bear that in mind. The greatest issue here is that MLB did not implement strong enough language in their safety guidelines. From what I've read, they've issued a number of "suggestions" about proper conduct while on the road, but shockingly it might end up being the case where the Marlins players actually didn't even explicitly break any rules. That's how weak MLB's safety protocols were. Many people are to blame here, but Manfred and the players themselves are certainly the biggest culprits.
  2. I'm not surprised at all by what's happening right now. Obviously the Marlins outbreak is sending the season off the rails, but this could have happened to any team. And it's already starting to happen to the Cardinals already. The MLB plan for the 2020 season was always destined to fail. You can't trust young, healthy athletes with loads of money, who are used to partying and sleeping around when on the road, to take the necessary precautions. As soon as the MLBPA nixed the bubble idea, baseball's margin for error became extremely thin. MLB and the MLBPA always seemed to be embroiled in a labor dispute and put player safety (and the safety of everyone the players interact with) on the backburner. MLB and the MLBPA both seemed greedy during all of the build up for this. This plan always seemed ill-conceived at best, public health hazard at worst to me. Shut the season down; we should have never been playing ball to begin with, especially outside of a bubble.
  3. A team name does not need to be locally sourced (although IMO, in the modern era, the better ones are), but in this case it would feel to me a little too much like "borrowing" another city/state's historical legacy, regardless of whether they ever would have an NFL franchise or not. DC standing in for "all military" kind of makes sense, I suppose, but still rings a little hollow to me since the specific Tuskegee connection really supersedes that, IMO . Having said that, I'd much prefer a name like Red Tails instead of something painfully generic like Warriors.
  4. Maybe I'm thinking about this too logically, but Washington Red Tails has given me pause. I understand that a few of the airmen were from the DC area, but that seems to be the extent of the local connection, unless you want to make the claim that Washington DC simply represents the entire war effort. The Red Tails are certainly worthy of honoring in such a fashion, but I find it nearly impossible to separate their namesake Tuskegee Airmen from the state of Alabama. In short, it just feels a little forced for a DC team to adopt Red Tails when the pilots have been historically more associated with the part of the country where their color-barrier breaking training actually took place.
  5. I firmly believe that playing a single inning of baseball this season is irresponsible, dangerous, and probably unethical. I'm still inclined to believe that it's going to happen to some extent because neither the players nor owners want to leave any money on the table. Regardless of whether or not baseball is actually played, the fact that "runner on second" has been agreed upon by both sides is still concerning. I wouldn't put it past Manfred to try to implement it in a future season after now clearing this small hurdle. The smallest amount of traction for this rule change frightens me. Same goes for ads on uniforms and expanded playoffs.
  6. Yes, but I believe they are incredibly rare, right? But this still speaks to my point. Tie games make much more sense if they're really trying to limit the time spent on-field. The "runner on second" thing only makes sense in high school baseball and in Rob Manfred's head.
  7. I completely disagree. I understand the inclination to reduce time on the field, but to say that "runner on second" is necessary is a little ridiculous. That's hardly the only option that can be considered in the interest of reducing innings. Ending games in ties would be much, much more preferable. There's precedent for that in the history of MLB and it wouldn't screw with statistics too much. It's less desirable to have a ties column with a shortened schedule, but this entire season is going to have an asterisk anyway no matter what. At least pursue the safety measure that's more appropriate for the game.
  8. 1000% this. I've been very vocal about this but both sides are obviously exploiting the pandemic to push through desires/changes that would typically deemed controversial by diehard baseball fans. They see this as an opportunity to implement these changes because they can use the virus as an excuse ("better this version of baseball than none at all"). And they clearly want these changes to stick indefinitely, 2020 is just their way of trying to acclimate the fans to them. It's so painfully obvious that this is a case of "never let a good crisis go to waste," allowing them to pull of things they otherwise couldn't during "normal" circumstances. I blame the owners/MLB more than anyone, of course, for these egregious changes, but I'm sure that the MLBPA wants the universal DH most of all because it opens up 15 new higher paying roster spots. I personally prefer the NL style of baseball and like it to be kept around, but I'm considerably more accepting of the DH than I would be NBA-style playoffs, ads on uniforms, and the runner on 2nd plan. I get that some people are hungry to watch baseball being played in front of zero fans on TV this summer, but I'm not at all, especially if these changes are actually on the table. And it's just not safe to be playing anyway. #canceltheseason
  9. Folding the season would have been the safe and responsible thing to do for public health reasons, but money talks. I've been bothered by most of the drastic changes on the table: expanded playoffs, jersey ads, universal DH, and tie-breaking schemes, but the DH easily bothers me the least and the runner on second in extras the most. That's a pretty seismic shift in how the game's been played and will probably have some major repercussions in statistics, which have for the most part been standardized in MLB over its history despite several rule and cultural (ie PEDs) changes. The runner on second concept definitely diminishes the game for me in a measurable way. In the end, this is what bothers me the most. Everything about this season will feel illegitimate so it feels wrong to have the games count towards a player's career statistics in an official way or have the outcomes lead to someone being crowned "champion." If MLB is really taking the virus seriously, players will need to be quarantined frequently either due to testing positive themselves or for having contact with someone who did. How can the outcomes of games be taken seriously if a star player like Blackmon is quarantined for a quarter of a 60 game season? Aside from the public health risks, it creates these awkward situations that will undermine statistics, wins, and losses in pretty dramatic ways. Ideally this short season would be "exhibition" only (unofficial) but the MLBPA would probably never go for that. Everything that transpires on the field between now and whenever this shortened season wraps up warrants an asterisk.
  10. Eight members of the Phillies organization, including five players, at their spring training facility in Florida have tested positive for the virus and probably have infected friends and family members. I just can't imagine any scenario where playing baseball in 2020 could be deemed safe and responsible. Please just cancel the season.
  11. I feel like fans are the ones losing out here, not players or owners. Both are getting richer while ticket price increases are outpacing inflation. We're being subjected to in-game commercials and very likely, paid advertisements on uniforms. They're extracting more dollars out of fans while providing a watered down experience.
  12. I do think there's a real possibility that my enthusiasm for baseball could dwindle somewhat post-pandemic, something I never thought was possible. They're clearly trying to implement expanded postseason, universal DH, ads on uniforms, on top of what seems to be a broken financial structure for the sport. And I was really turned off by how the league handled the cheating scandals that came to light during the offseason. I don't like where the game is right now and where it's headed even less.
  13. "Never waste a good crisis" This is one of the many reasons why I prefer they just cancel the season and be done with it.
  14. I'm still not enthusiastic about baseball coming back this season. As I mentioned previously, my reasoning is that it wouldn't feel like baseball at all but some kind of of quasi-baseball stripped of most of its character and having results that would feel illegitimate. Having said that, based on how negotiations between MLB and MLBPA have been going recently, it does seem like if there's no "baseball" this season, it would definitely pollute for the waters for negotiating CBAs and potentially lead to work stoppages in future years. The bigger picture, beyond 2020, is more important so I could stomach baseball that doesn't feel like baseball; I just wish the season had been cancelled for public health reasons.
  15. Unpopular opinion here, I'm sure, but I've reached the point where I'd rather MLB not start at all in 2020. I'm starving for baseball as much as anyone else is, but a 40-something game season played in empty ballparks (please spare me the tired, easy jokes about Marlins' attendance) doesn't feel like baseball. The Astros and Red Sox (although the latter to a lesser extent) cheating scandals have already caused me to question the legitimacy of recent crowns and the thought of a World Series champion being named after such a short season would enter into asterisk territory for me. It would further water down the Series that's already been recently called into question. I also feel like a substantially shortened season played under quarantine would give Manfred the opportunity to "never waste a good crisis" and implement a variety of seismic changes that he's been mulling over in recent years. I'm opposed to a lengthened post-season with more wild card teams; basically anything to undermine the regular season to get his hands on more playoffs revenue. I'd also expect more aggressive rules changes involving pace of play, particularly placing runners on second to avoid ties. Then there's the NL DH, which I'm not enthused about, but frankly bothers me less than all of the other changes I fear him making. He wants to exploit this opportunity to change the sport. So I basically think that playing in 2020 would morph baseball into something unrecognizable this summer and run the risk of carrying parts of that over into future seasons.