The healthy Marlins are preparing for the unknown as coronavirus keeps baseball on hold
MIAMI — Michael Hill isn’t used to this.It’s early April. Baseball is supposed to be in full swing.Instead, the Miami Marlins’ president of baseball operations has to resort to throwback games, old radio calls and watching his kids play simulated games on their PlayStation if he wants to watch America’s pastime.“I’ve been trying to get my fix any way possible,” Hill said Thursday on a conference call.Major League Baseball postponed its season four weeks ago because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. When it will return and in what format are still unknown. Numerous hypotheticals are being di...
Gabriel Burns: MLB faces countless obstacles to playing season in Arizona
Earlier this week, ESPN reported that MLB is considering holding its entire season — however long that is — in the Phoenix area. The 30 teams would gather at 10 spring training stadiums and the Diamondbacks’ home to host a fan-free season.MLB has since responded to the report, essentially saying it’s still just kicking around ideas. But as Jeff Passan noted in the initial story, this might become the most feasible, and perhaps only way any season is played.“MLB has been actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improv...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Benjamin Hochman: Managing Cardinals and life during coronavirus, Shildt anticipates 'brightness ahead' for team
How is Mike Shildt managing?Both these uncertain coronavirus times and the St. Louis Cardinals.“Clearly a different way of going about things,” the Cardinals’ manager said by phone. “In a sense, we’re in an offseason, right? We’re in an offseason mode, getting ready for the season to crank up that we’re not sure, you know, when that will happen. And (our nation) is in a crisis. So in that regard, different variables. We’re unsure of when this crisis will be behind us, but I’m confident we’ve got the spirit and the people that will allow that to happen.”Speaking to the skipper, he seemed to hav...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Paul Sullivan: The Bulls might reassign Gar Forman and John Paxson, but GarPax will last forever — just look at Ken Williams and the White Sox
CHICAGO — It’s comforting to know that when the NBA season eventually returns we’ll still have GarPax around to do whatever it is they want to do.The two-headed monster of the Bulls front office, also known by their given names — Gar Forman and John Paxson — have worked together for 18 years, slowly and methodically squandering the reputation of a brand Michael Jordan helped turn into an unparalleled global success story.Since Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf gave his son, team President Michael Reindorf, the go-ahead to find a new boss to pick up the shattered pieces of the ongoing rebuild, one...
Editorial: Baseball without fans? It's possible in 2020, 'The Year of the Asterisk'
Sports stories about Major League Baseball thinking outside the batter’s box had us so perturbed at first that we wanted to boo.Extend the 2020 baseball season into December? What, with ball girls and batboys in little elf costumes?Start sooner but move all games to Arizona with no hometown advantage? Imagine games played in that hellish heat, in empty stadiums. How about MLB just sends players wandering alone into the desert and whichever team reports the fewest snake bites wins?Then reality beaned us: With the country suffering through the coronavirus pandemic, maybe we should stop thinking ...
Mac Engel: The idea of major league sports returning without fans needs to be sent down
FORT WORTH, Texas — Construction has not yet begun at Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge, the UFC will have fights on an island, and now MLB is considering a plan to play games in empty stadiums.It will be like every game is in Oakland.Television is so starved for live sports programming that despite the circumstances the PGA Tour may yet play in Fort Worth next month for the Charles Schwab Challenge. One week, or so, later Arizona could be the home to all of Major League Baseball.According to reports from ESPN and the Associated Press, MLB and the MLB Players Association h...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tigers intend to memorialize Al Kaline how 'a man of his stature should be'
DETROIT — There are no current plans for a public ceremony for Al Kaline’s death, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said on Wednesday afternoon.Kaline, who died on Monday at age 85, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with his family, Avila said.The Tigers will hold a public ceremony, Avila said. That ceremony — which likely will be held at Comerica Park — is impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic, with the state of Michigan in a stay-at-home order and the Centers of Disease Control recommending no public gatherings of more than 50 persons.But, Avila said, “We have a team of...
Detroit Free Press
Mariners hitting coach Tim Laker trying from afar to keep players in shape during coronavirus shutdown
During the endless days of spring training, or even the slogging grind of the regular season, trying to get Tim Laker for an interview is almost impossible. Heck, locating him is difficult.As the Mariners’ hitting coach, and with a maniacal work ethic, he’s always on the job, whether it’s observing and instructing in the batting cages, analyzing video, reviewing scouting reports or holding on-field batting practice.But with baseball shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, Laker doesn’t have film to watch, instruction to provide or batting practice to throw. He’s sheltering in place like eve...
The Seattle Times
Luis Rojas is working out in his garage, homeschooling his kid, and managing the Mets over Zoom
It’s entirely possible Luis Rojas could manage his first big-league game in an empty ballpark, as Major League Baseball contemplates a path forward for the sport that could have all 30 teams playing at a neutral site without fans. For the Mets’ rookie manager, the proposal could mean taking a significant step in his baseball career without family or friends in the stands watching as he delivers the lineup card to the crew chief and knocks another ‘first’ off his bucket list.Rojas doesn’t want to speculate on the implications of that budding scenario. For now, he’s staying indoors with his wife...
New York Daily News
Derek Jeter doesn't know when the MLB season will start but says Marlins will be ready
With baseball at a standstill because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Derek Jeter has spent the past few weeks at home, taking advantage of some extra family time while also making sure the Miami Marlins are ready when the 2020 Major League Baseball season officially begins.During a media availability early in spring training, Jeter stressed the importance of the Marlins taking a step forward this season as they enter the third year of their rebuild. The team added some key players in the offseason and their top prospects were nearing their MLB debuts.That plan has been put on hold since ...