Philadelphia Phillies and MLB 2020 season days lost to the COVID-19 pandemic: 23.
Joel Sherman at the New York Post continued his excellent coverage of the possibility of an MLB 2020 season:
“What becomes obvious from conversations with those involved in trying to get a season underway or those who have been briefed is that familiar and normal are gone for 2020. Think of the Arizona plan — all teams housed in one metropolitan area, limited contact with the outside world, no spectators for games, constant monitoring of health for all involved — as an overriding example of what could be coming.”
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal joined Chris Myers at Fox Sports to discuss MLB returning under what is becoming known as the “Arizona Plan”:
Peter Gammons at The Athletic believes that we may be looking at a three-year process before MLB can actually return to what we have previously considered “normal”:
“…the future is not about WAR and what numbers are used to judge players for fantasy leagues, arguments, whatever. It’s about developing the game, where it’s played, how it’s played.”
Michael Bourn was the Phillies fourth round draft pick out of the University of Houston in the 2003 MLB Draft. The speedy outfielder played with the Phillies in the 2006-07 seasons, then was dealt to his hometown Astros in November 2007 as part of the five-player deal that brought Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett to the Phillies. He went on to become a two-time NL All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner:
Dayn Perry at CBS Sports wrote on the Japanese pro baseball league pushing their attempts to open a 2020 season back to at least June:
“The NPB decided to do away with the interleague portion of its schedule and postpone the start of the 2020 season until no sooner than June, the Associated Press reports. At present, that means NPB teams would play no more than 125 games in a 2020 regular season, and that number could of course be whittled down further.”
A group of current and past Major League Baseball stars helped put together a video message to fans, encouraging them to continue to “Flatten the Curve”:
Today is the 70th anniversary of the first game ever worked by legendary Dodgers’ broadcaster Vin Scully. It came at Shibe Park in North Philadelphia, with the ‘Whiz Kids’ chasing Don Newcombe in the 2nd inning and then romping to a 9-1 victory behind Robin Roberts‘ complete game gem.
Now for the latest Philadelphia Phillies news from local and national resources:
Per Matt Breen at The Inquirer, the Phillies have joined the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in a commitment to provide salaries and benefits to all full-time employees through May despite the COVID-19 shutdown of baseball:
“John Middleton, the team’s managing partner, emailed team employees Friday to inform them that the ownership group has agreed to not reduce salaries or benefits through May of 2020. The team, along with all 30 major-league franchises, had previously said there would be no changes to pay through April.”
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia also wrote on the Phillies decision to continue the payroll obligations:
““I am neither an epidemiologist nor a public policy maker, but I do know our industry, and it is my sincere belief that baseball will be played this year,” Middleton wrote in the letter, which was obtained by NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I may be proven incorrect, but that is how I am thinking and operating right now. As long as we believe we will play a meaningful number of games in 2020, then I believe we can avoid the most painful forms of budget reduction.””
Salisbury also wrote on Game 4 of the Strat-O-Matic showdown between the 1980 and 2008 Phillies world championship teams:
“With the 2008 Phillies down to their last out and staring at a gaping series deficit, Matt Stairs came off the bench and clubbed a heart-stopping, pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to rescue his team from a two-run deficit and propel it to a 7-5 win over the 1980 club in a Game 4 thriller at Veterans Stadium.”
Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins resumes play in the MLB The Show Players League this weekend:
Our scouts may have uncovered an exciting new, young, power-hitting prospect for the Phillies to pursue. May need to get a crosschecker to take a look:
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FINAL NOTE: It was on this date in 1987 that Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt reached a historic career milestone: