Philadelphia Phillies and Major League Baseball 2020 regular season days lost to the COVID-19 pandemic: 26.

Rob Tornoe at The Inquirer reported on Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a key voice in the White House coronavirus task force press conferences and is a big baseball fan, discussing what it would take for him to walk into a ballpark in 2020:

even with the most optimistic coronavirus projections in mind, he thinks it would involve severely limiting the number of fans in the stands, spreading out seating for social distancing, and probably forcing spectators to wear masks or facial coverings. “I think quite likely, although it’s always dangerous to predict, I think it’s more likely that you’re going to have more of a television baseball than a spectator baseball,” Fauci said.

R.J. Anderson at CBS Sports wrote on a plan being discussed for MLB to play the 2020 season in parks located in not just Arizona, but also Texas and Florida:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tweeted about his attempts to get professional sports back in the state amid the pandemic, including NASCAR. Any leaked proposal, this one included, should be taken with a grain of salt. MLB would have to reach an agreement with the union on other logistical issues.”

Jesse Rogers at ESPN reports on a class-action lawsuit being filed against MLB, Ticketmaster, and other re-sellers over failures to offer refunds on 2020 ticket purchases:

Teams are likely to offer credit toward tickets for 2021 if no games are played this summer, sources told ESPN. A partial or full cancellation of the season would also trigger a refund policy, but there’s no timetable for implementation. Some fans aren’t waiting.

Alfred Miller of the Louisville Courier Journal wrote in USA Today on the Louisville Slugger company feeling the pinch of the pandemic shutdown:

The company produces about 50,000 wood bats a year destined for Major League Baseball. That business looks to have dried up with the start of the baseball season delayed indefinitely. And if the company doesn’t start up its Pennsylvania mill again soon, some of the logs it has sitting in inventory, waiting to be turned into bats, may soon spoil…

The effect of Coors Field is well-established and Bernie Pleskoff at Forbes wrote on the potential adjustments that Colorado Rockies hitters may need to make should the 2020 season be played in neutral parks:

…if MLB does proceed with a plan to play at neutral sites, wherever those may be, the Rockies could be in trouble. Most of that has to do with the team’s batting average and offensive discrepancies between playing at home at Coors Field or anywhere on the road.

Craig Edwards at Fangraphs wrote on the anticipated drop in MLB salaries for the 2021 season:

There’s simply a huge number of older, long-term contracts coming off the books at the end of this season. A busy offseason of spending last winter added $476 million to payrolls heading into 2020, an increase in total payroll of a little under 1%, but next year’s free agents are unlikely to replicate that total, which, combined with those big contracts running their course, could amount to a big drop in payroll.


 

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

News 3 in Las Vegas presented a video and story on Phillies hot shortstop prospect Bryson Stott:

Baseball Ross wrote on Phillies top pitching prospect Spencer Howard, including exclusive video content:

The Phillies do not have a lot of young prospects expected to make the major league roster in 2020 even with roster expansion. The one exception is Spencer Howard. He was major league ready last season but never was given the opportunity. We watched Howard dominate the Florida State League early last season and after coming back from a reported shoulder injury before he was called up to Reading to finish the season.

Matt Mullin at The Philly Voice concluded their ranking of the Top 50 pro athletes in Philly with the final Top 10, which includes Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto of the Phillies:

Each of our four writers — Jimmy Kempski, Evan Macy, Matt Mullin and Kyle Neubeck — compiled a list of their top 50 players in the city and we averaged them out from there (with some help from Crossing Broad’s Kevin Kinkead when it came down to where the Union players should be ranked). And then we took our individual rankings, averaged them out, and came up with final list we’ve been unveiling over the last week.

Meghan Montemurro at The Athletic interviewed former Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez regarding his time in town:

I remember the people. We actually lived there for three full years. We were living in Philadelphia. My kids were going to school there. I remember fond memories, great restaurants, great people. Really, really honest people. I think there’s a misconception (about the fans). Some of my best friends are still in Philadelphia, you know, best friends in the world. And I’ll tell you what I loved about the Philadelphia fan and the people of Philadelphia: honesty. That’s what I loved and appreciated more than anything. Honesty — you know where you stand; there’s no sugarcoating.

Tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 PM the entirety of Game 1 of the 2008 World Series from Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay in which Chase Utley got the Phillies off to a fast start vs the host Rays will be aired by 94.1 FM Sports Radio WIP:

 


 

5999879_031020-wpvi-coronavirus-PHILADELPHIA-GENERIC-imgPhiladelphia area COVID-19 updates are provided at the Department of Health site. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also has its own dedicated PA coronavirus information and resource page.

The White House has a special coronavirus.gov page set up with tremendous information. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the NIH (National Institutes of Health) also provide information and updates regarding 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.

Be sure to follow ‘The Bell’ all across social media at our @philliesbell handle: TwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterest, and TikTok. Also, visit our Phillies Bell YouTube channel for a growing selection of video clips.

FINAL NOTE: 54 years ago today the Phillies made what would prove to be one of the worst trades in franchise history, dealing future Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins to the Cubs. It wouldn’t be the last trade to go this way between these two teams either.

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