What’s Going On With The MLB? Did we forget about baseball?
What’s going on with the MLB & When is baseball coming back? Also where are the baseball fans? The NBA is officially making steps towards return by trying to open up training facilities and looking into possible venues. The NFL recently had their virtual draft and is still planning to begin their season on its regular schedule. Other sports like golf and MMA are planning so when the green light is given it all starts up. So, what about the MLB? Opening day was delayed by 2 weeks but that was back on March 26. Let us talk some baseball and some nonsense.
The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) has already started their season and have been playing games. Noted the CPBL have been playing without fans but made up by setting up piped-in crowd noise, mannequin fans and some extremely hyped up broadcasters. The CPBL has been around since the 1990s and is composed of only 5 teams. The CPBL does have multiple Dominicans, Americans and Cubans players on their roster. Even at a small scale its still win for baseball.
Check out some highlights from the CPBL from their twitter account @CPBL:
So, for Major League Baseball the time frame as there will be Baseball in 2020 according to many reports. Now whether starting out in June, July or later is still uncertain. Also, the numbers of games that will be play is also uncertain, plans are being made for a 100 game season, but trust MLB will do everything they can to get their 162 games.
I went digging deep into baseball news reports from actionrush.com, usatoday.com and espn.com there seem to be a plan. One possibility that showing how MLB is getting creative with their season and not dwelling on making up missed games is only playing 100 games. Note this just may be just premature rumors, discussions or just idea, but the positive is that baseball could be returning.
Here is the (or a tentative) plan: 3 division made up of 10 teams that will only play within their division. Saying goodbye to the American and National Leagues and realigning the divisions based on geography. The games will still be play without fans but there will be testing for the players to get them out of isolation, allowing them to play the game simultaneously reducing travel.
Here are the 3 Divisions with their Teams:
Along with the new division and team concept change, some of the rules may change to deal with COVID-19.
Some of the new rules are:
- No mound visits.
- On-field microphones for TV viewers.
- Sitting in the stands 6 feet apart, instead of in the player’s dugout.
- Two seven-inning games in a doubleheader, which would allow closer to a 162-game season.
- Electronic strike zone, which allow for better social distancing measures.
- Electronic Strike Zone = Robot Umpires.
Final Thoughts/ Nonsense Thoughts
So, the MLB is trying to make a comeback and while there is no time frame there is a little bit of hope. The idea of the new divisions and games played mostly based on their geographical location is actual a smart idea, either way is not like teams play every team in the league.
The “on-field microphones” make me think about the volume of the microphones and the regulations/restrictions and the access to this? I highly doubt that it will be free, but how you determine what to charge to “let people talk” on field (who would pay for this?) Or it going to be just a big zoom video conference room reacting to the games and the players will be able to see it on the jumbotron.
Can you imagine if they just put a Ipad on every seat and let the fans just by the seat and the view from that Ipad. Ps the Ipad will have a great A camera great for zoom in and other great features to add for the greatest of virtual baseball experience. The NBA already started doing working with Samsung Gear VR, Oculus and Good Daydream.
Lastly, the Electronic Strike Zone, in my opinion, could help MLB avoid some controversy. There is still too much unknown factors to make a clear a argument or make a clear decision but drastic call for drastic decisions.
At the end of the day, I am just happy that sports are ( or could be) coming back to create more a sense normality. To everybody, be safe and best wishes.
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