Not much news emerged out of Camelback Ranch on Friday, but one bit of information that surfaced was something we began to fear on Thursday evening—the start of the regular season will likely run past the delay that the MLB front office initially anticipated.
The Major League Baseball Players Union was busy early Friday making sure everything was copacetic as far as the rights and welfare of the players go.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweeted a list late Friday afternoon highlighting several of the outcomes from today’s discussions.
If you missed Andy’s column on Thursday, she outlined how the MLB cancelled the remainder of its Spring Training games, while also announcing that the start of the 2020 regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, even though the MLB has not officially discredited the initial two-week delay, many pundits believe it might be extended quite longer in light of the national emergency that was declared by President Trump on Friday afternoon.
In its early statements, the MLB said precautions are “being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs and our millions of loyal fans.”
When asked about his own thoughts on the delay to the 2020 regular season, skipper Dave Roberts on Thursday told reporters he thinks that “it’s the responsible thing” to do.
For the readers of Think Blue Planning Committee who stop by regularly to check out our daily content, we’re sad to inform you that our four-year daily streak which began in the summer of 2016—including holidays—is about to come to an unfortunate end.
We believe that while staying in tune with the Dodgers is indeed important, there are much more critical things in our country to be concerned about rather than reporting insignificant speculation about baseball.
Nevertheless, we plan on publishing any Dodger-related news or any subsequent information about the prospective Opening Day, so please be sure to check back periodically. Additionally, Andy has been toying with the idea of composing a few historical pieces.
For the sake of our country—not just baseball—let us hope that all Americans can put their differences aside for the time being and come together to conquer this fierce pandemic.