This was a very big week in baseball as we all know, with negotiations between the players and owners for a new deal to start a 2020 season falling apart and Rob Manfred imposing a season on his own as he had the right to do per the March 26 agreement. As things stand, they are going to try to pull off a few weeks of spring training in July before starting the season on July 23 and 24. The season will be 60 games long. This, as one may expect, was the topic for this week’s SB Nation Reacts post.
Will they finish?
With the obvious caveat that none of us know anything about how this virus is going to progress following the massive spike we’re seeing in many places across the country, I am with the majority here. I just don’t see how this works. I will say that if they make it to Opening Day, I think they’re going to push through almost no matter what. Of course, whether or not they should is a different discussion.
Is it a good idea?
I’ve gone back and forth on this a bunch, and I think the nearly 50/50 split is pretty representative of my personal feelings. On the one hand, this just seems like a bad idea and there are massive risks. As I’ve said a bunch at this point, we just don’t know enough about this virus and specifically the long-term effects to confidently say everyone will be fine. There are real concerns here, and sports just aren’t important enough to take such big risks. On the other hand, there are a lot of people beyond the uber rich whose livelihood depends on games, and trying to make it work for them is worthy of discussion. Ultimately, I lean towards the side that says they shouldn’t be doing this, but I acknowledge there is at least some valid reasoning behind it.
Is Manfred the worst?
Are you happy with 60 games?
This question is too vague for me. If you’re unhappy do you think there should be more or fewer games? I’m of the mind that they can’t play beyond October, so however you make that work that’s what you have to do. So, I think I’m happy with the 60 games.
Who was at fault?
I think you know where I stand here.