As we approach the second full month without baseball, we know that MLB is doing all it can to figure out how to have some actual baseball action this year. Some crazy ideas have been broached in respect to this, both on the location and in-game aspects.
These days, we have more time on our hands than usual. I have been spending some of it watching old Dodgers games on TV, which recently there have been quite a few. Mostly they have centered around games played on Jackie Robinson Day, with Vin Scully narrating and the Dodgers winning. Even though it’s a minor substitute for what we’re currently missing, it does somewhat scratch the baseball itch.
In surprising news, Spectrum Networks announced a carriage agreement to launch the Los Angeles Dodgers award-winning regional sports network—Spectrum SportsNet LA—to AT&T video subscribers beginning on Wednesday. With the agreement, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV and AT&T TV NOW customers in Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii will finally gain access to SportsNet LA’s live game coverage once the new MLB season is cleared to begin.
While there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding many details of a prospective baseball season this year, both the MLB and MLBPA were hard at work this week trying to iron out any potential hurdles, specifically when it came to salaries, service time, and the 2020 amateur draft.
There is a sense of sadness over the world Thursday, and not just from the Coronavirus. That’s not to downplay the worldwide pandemic, because nothing at this point in time is more important or worthy of our thoughts and actions. (Stay home!)
While there’s not much current news to report coming out of the Dodgers‘ camp, the biggest activity surrounding Major League Baseball at the moment has been the discussions between the Players Association regarding safeguard of its players.
In a move many fans feared might happen, today Major League Baseball announced that Spring Training has been halted, and that the start of the season has been moved back at least two weeks to April 8th while worries about the coronavirus abound.