Looking back, life wasn’t all that complicated before March 2020 hit. Well, at least comparatively. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world into a whirlwind and delayed almost every industry in some fashion with the sports industry one of the most notable examples. The MLB is here but only after months of delays, negotiation, planning, and hope. For better or worse the league was getting ready for Spring Training all while receiving a fair amount of interest due to a variety of storylines setting the stage for the upcoming 2020 season. Let’s refresh your memory and get ready as players are set to take the field July 23rd for an Opening Night like no other.
Houston vs. Everybody
In many ways, Houston is getting off easy. The sign-stealing scandal that rocked baseball less than a year ago has been swept under the rug due to the pressing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The limited access to teams has been a bit of a reprieve for the Astros organization as they have been in the media far less than they would’ve been had things progressed as usual. There won’t be any fans yelling, taunting, or booing, and time may not heal this wound among some players but it will likely soften it.
All in all the Astros are getting a bit of relief but expect bad blood to stick around among their opponents. The Houston Astros built a team you had to try to hate before last season and now it is a team that outside of the fourth largest city in the United States you have to try your hardest to love. On top of it all is that the world will be watching to see if this team is truly made of fantastic hitters or if their talent came from stealing signs. It’s the Houston Astros versus the world, let’s see who comes out on top.
Another Juicy Storyline
How is MLB handling the juiced baseballs for the 2020 season? While the league has claimed that the issue with the baseballs is related to a manufacturing defect, many are unsure. There are many theories but they all boil down to the fact that we have seen an increase in home runs over the last couple of years with the 2019 season having the most of any other season in the history of the league. While it’s pretty safe to say that a shortened season guarantees there won’t be more home runs this year, the rate at which home runs are hit could still affect games and fans and players, especially pitchers, are going to take notice.
Off the Field Environments
Civil unrest and a healthcare crisis reaching throughout the United States and the world at the same time is impossible to ignore and the fact that unlike other leagues the MLB is continuing to operate outside of a bubble, things are bound to get interesting. Will the league finish the year? What happens if COVID-19 spreads throughout an entire organization? Will players hold any form of protest? Love it or hate it the outside factors in our world may play a notable role in determining how the 2020 MLB season is conducted.
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