Philadelphia Phillies and MLB 2020 season days lost to the COVID-19 pandemic: 11.

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President Donald Trump met with the leaders of major American professional sports leagues on Saturday, including MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. In a White House meeting following that meeting the President made the following statement:

I want fans back in the arenas…whenever we’re ready. As soon as we can, obviously. And the fans want to be back, too. They want to see basketball and baseball and football and hockey. They want to see their sports. They want to go out onto the golf courses and breathe nice, clean, beautiful fresh air.

When asked if he had a target date for any sports openings, the President was non-committal but seemed to indicate that current and upcoming 2020 seasons would not be completely lost: “No, I can’t tell you a date, but I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.

Per Justin Sink at Bloomberg, the President expounded further on Sunday morning: “We’re not going to have to have separation for the rest of our time on the planet,” and “It would be great if we could” have stadiums full by August.

Now for the latest Philadelphia Phillies news from local and national resources:

Scott Lauber at The Inquirer in a report on the President’s meeting with the sports leaders quoted Phillies general manager Matt Klentak on a possible return of baseball in 2020:

What I am confident in is that the owners, the players, the front offices, the fans, the media, everyone is aligned with wanting to play baseball as quickly as we can. When all the parties are aligned as they are, that gives me confidence that we’ll get back as soon as we possibly can get back. But I’m not in position to make any predictions about when that might happen.

Tom Housenick at The Morning Call wrote on the Phillies Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs affiliates hopes at being able to get underway in 2020. Housenick quoted their general manager Kurt Landes:

We’re in a holding pattern right now. We don’t know when the season starts. Then all of a sudden when we find out when the season starts, say June 2 as an example, we then have two to three weeks to move a lot of things around, get contractors back to get the ballpark ready. It will be a mad dash until the season does start.

Dean Balsamini at the New York Post reported on former Phillies and Mets star Lenny Dykstra taking to Twitter “offering sexual healing to women struggling with social distancing, including actress Gwyneth Paltrow” during the coronavirus health crisis.

Sean Kane at NBC Sports Philadelphia wrote on the frustrating effect of the 2020 season delay on a handful of Phillies players in particular: Rhys Hoskins, Jake Arrieta, Bryce Harper, Zach Eflin, and Scott Kingery.

Casey Feeney at NBC Sports Philadelphia wrote on Hoskins simplifying his approach in hopes of reaching his full potential:

As much as he said the right things, my sense is that Hoskins was negatively impacted by the launch angle, pitch-taking mindset set forth as dogma by the Gabe Kapler regime. Hoskins already possesses those tendencies naturally. Adding more thought to the equation led to plate paralysis.

NBC Sports Philadelphia will be broadcasting walk-off wins by the Phillies all during the coming week, beginning on Sunday afternoon.

Casey Feeney at NBC Sports Philadelphia expounded on Jean Segura‘s role in this particular 2019 victory over the New York Mets and how it may spur debate on Segura’s future with the Phillies: “…was last season the beginning of a decline for the recently-turned 30-year old Segura? Or just a slight dip for a player that hit .300 or better in each of the previous three seasons?

Philadelphia area coronavirus updates are provided via The Inquirer live news ticker on the pandemic. Also, the City of Philadelphia is currently under a Business Activity and Stay at Home Order. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the NIH (National Institutes of Health have tremendous resources on updates and the national response.

You can view the archives for these Lunch Bell reports at any time. They are released every day all year-round barring some unusual circumstance. Each report highlights important updates on the Phillies and MLB, including articles curated from around the web, social media posts, and video. During the pandemic we will include any relevant updates in that regard as well.

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NOTE: Your big event on this date in Phillies history was the final game in what is still the longest hitting streak in franchise history. Over 38 games from the end of 2005 through early 2006, shortstop Jimmy Rollins put that streak together.

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