Well, Justin Timberlake would tell you that we’re here — we’ve arrived in May and there’s still no baseball in sight. While we have our Cyber Dodgers here at Dodgers Nation, there’s a whole lot we missed with actual real-life baseball in April.
Fear not, long-time baseball scribe Jayson Stark gave us a taste of the 2020 season… or at least what we could have learned about the Dodgers last month.
They were already riding the second-longest streak of 90-win seasons (seven in a row) in National League history. They were already a team averaging 101 wins a year over the last three seasons. But then came the addition of Mookie [Betts], David Price, Brusdar Grateol, Blake Treinen and Alex Wood to what was arguably the deepest roster in baseball. And that made them downright terrifying.
I think there isn’t a soul around that expected the 2020 super Dodgers to stumble out of the gate (despite the team’s usual tendency to). However, Stark backed that up with this quote from an MLB executive, “That team is the showtime Lakers, and it’s bad for baseball that we don’t get to watch it.”
In other news and not semi fan fiction (maybe), Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that MLB officials are telling him spring training 2.0 has the chance to be played in the home ballparks of clubs. His reasoning? Time and money.
Training in their home ballparks would largely eliminate the need for hotel rooms and per diem for the players during Spring Training 2.0. It would also save time in this shortened season, with everyone in place for the start of the regular season instead of traveling back from spring training sites.
Of course, Dodger Stadium — for example — is but one field. With 40 man rosters plus minor league talent also in need of at least 2-3 weeks of playing time to get game ready, you’ll run out of grass quickly. Although one could surmise that the playing field could be reserved and scheduled out to groups akin to slow-pitch softball leagues. Or little league, if that’s your thing.
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