Philadelphia Phillies and Major League Baseball 2020 regular season days lost to the COVID-19 pandemic: 28.

Major League Baseball, having previously disciplined the Houston Astros, came down with its disciplinary measures against the Boston Red Sox due to the sign-stealing controversy, as Chad Jennings of The Athletic reported:

Essentially, the report found that replay room operator J.T. Watkins, whose job was to study opposing team’s signs before and after games, would occasionally update his findings by watching live video in the replay room. He would then occasionally relay his findings to a player, and if the Red Sox got a runner to second base, the newfound information could be put to use by signaling to the batter.

Minor League Baseball faces many changes once the game returns. Josh Norris at Baseball America examined some possibilities in response to the pandemic:

Even before the breakout, some teams had been pushing toward digital tickets which could be quickly read by a barcode scanner. With an emphasis on as little contact as possible, the new reality might give other teams a big push in that direction.

92-year-old longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully retired following the 2016 season after 67 years. He recently suffered a fall at his home:

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Now for the latest Philadelphia Phillies news from local and national resources: revealed their choice for the prettiest swing by an individual player in the history of each current franchise, and picked Chase Utley for the Phillies:

Utley had plenty of admirable qualities, but everybody gushed about his swing — short, compact, quick as a whip. He struck the baseball like a cobra, snapping his hands through the zone in a blink of an eye.

The latest Phillies alum to receive the Society for American Baseball Research bio project treatment was Tony Taylor, whose career was written up for SABR by Rory Costello and Jose Ramirez:

…on May 13, 1960, Chicago traded Taylor and Cal Neeman to Philadelphia for Ed Bouchee and Don Cardwell. Phillies general manager John Quinn said, “We gave up two good players, but you can’t make a trade without giving up something of value, and we feel this trade was the best we could make. . .We now have a fine second baseman in Taylor. He can hit, run, field and is a fine leadoff man. Besides, he’s only 24 years old. The Phils have had a second base problem for many years, but we have solved that for a long time to come.”

Sweeny Murti at WFAN Sports Radio in New York spoke with Phillies icon Larry Bowa about the 1980 World Series showdown with the Kansas City Royals:

Josh Norris at Baseball America wrote on Phillies top pitching prospect Spencer Howard‘s 2018 no-hitter, quoting the young right-hander:

I think I hit the point of, ‘Well, let me stop caring and go compete’ earlier than I would have usually. Sometimes that happens. I’m sure a lot of other people in sports can attest to that when you feel really bad in warmups or whatever, you actually start to perform better when it actually counts. It was kind of crazy.

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Philadelphia 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 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.

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FINAL NOTE: The 1915 Philadelphia Phillies led by Baseball Hall of Famers Pete Alexander, Eppa Rixey, and Dave Bancroft, Phillies Wall of Famer Gavvy Cravath, and first baseman Fred Luderus would become the first team in franchise history to capture the National League pennant. The group made some more history on this date early that season:

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