The World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers had many key players show up in big moments during the October playoff run. Seven players of the championship roster are currently free agents. With the off-season hot stove being pretty cold at the moment, there hasn’t been much action.
The last of the major awards for the 2020 Major League Baseball season were announced on Thursday evening when the AL and NL MVP award recipients were announced.
Major League Baseball finds itself at the beginning of Awards Week. Rookies of the Year, Managers of the Year, Cy Youngs and MVPs will all be announced throughout the week, starting Monday evening.
While there isn’t any baseball until late February when pitchers and catchers report to spring training, it doesn’t mean baseball takes a break, as many activities continue year-round. Teams have begun to hire new managers, and soon teams will look to make free-agent offseason splashes. While the winter meetings may not be the same as previous years, baseball fans across the world will be refreshing their Twitter feed to hear the latest rumors as the offseason progresses.
After Tuesday evening’s bench-clearing incident in Houston, Major League Baseball has issued several suspensions which will affect the Dodgers as early as Wednesday’s finale.
Even as problems with cases of players testing positive for coronavirus, players opting out, and issues with the testing itself, Major League Baseball on Monday presented the schedule for the upcoming 60-game season.
Welcome to the last Monday without baseball for a while *
*We all hope that there won’t be any issues with starting the Major League Baseball season in the middle of the pandemic, but to me, the chances of that seem slim.
Baseball is back. Mookie Betts will play meaningful games in Dodger Blue.
Late Tuesday afternoon, after many failed attempts and halted negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball reached an agreement to start the 2020 season. Play for the year had been halted in mid-March due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 around the country and the world.
After several months of back-and-forth negotiations, Major League Baseball announced on Monday evening that the 2020 season has been scheduled to proceed under an agreement previously reached in March between the owners and the players’ union. The announcement indicates that the owners unanimously agreed to launch the campaign after further negotiations with the players failed to result in a deal.
From logistics standpoint, the chances of an actual Major League Baseball season in 2020 still seem highly possible. After all, Commissioner Rob Manfred still has the ability to unilaterally mandate a shortened season per an agreement in March, coupled with the idea that teams could conceivably play wherever the hotspots of the coronavirus are not.