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...
Kristie Ackert: Coronavirus pandemic will have ripple effect on college baseball players for years to come
TAMPA, Fla. — Less than two months ago, Christian Fedko was in Port St. Lucie with his UConn baseball team with everything out in front of him. After a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, the infielder was heading into his most important season for a college baseball player. He was set up perfectly for his junior year with the Huskies and preparing for the 2020 MLB amateur draft.And then everything skidded to an unbelievable halt.The coronavirus pandemic not only shut down the country and professional sports for the present, but it will undoubtedly have a rippling effect going forward on lif...
New York Daily News
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
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
Chris McCosky: MLB season in the desert? What could go wrong, other than everything?
DETROIT — So, the plan would be to essentially create a virus-proof biodome in the desert that would quarantine all 30 Major League Baseball teams, each with 50-man rosters (as has been discussed to counter the grueling schedule), front-office personnel, training and medical staffs, chefs and others essential to the operation – like umpires, clubhouse attendants, television crews and media – in the Phoenix area.And that’s on top of everything else that’s already in place there to facilitate daily life – hotel and restaurant workers, food suppliers and distributors, grocers, on and on.Would the...
The Detroit News
David Murphy: What if Bryce Harper and Mike Trout batted every inning? 3 radical ideas for MLB's Arizona plan.
PHILADELPHIA — At first glance, Major League Baseball’s plan for resuming play is a solid one. Rather than cancel the season, or flout public health guidance regarding mass gatherings, all 30 teams would relocate to Arizona and play out their schedules using the sprawling spring training infrastructure that exists in the state. There, they would stage their games in front of empty stands while attempting to transform America’s first and foremost spectator sport into a made-for-television spectacle.It all sounds great, except for one small problem: Americans hate watching baseball on television...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'I just want to play baseball': Eloy Jimenez weighs in on possible games in Arizona and his part in the city's 'We Are Not Playing' campaign
CHICAGO — White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez is one of the players featured in the city’s “We Are Not Playing” ad campaign, which stresses the importance of taking precautions to combat the spread of COVID-19.“It was pretty good to help the community to understand this is not a joke,” Jimenez said during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.Jimenez wrapped up his video, which was released Monday, in the same style he ends many of his television interviews, waving to the camera and saying, “Hi, Mom!”He’s doing his part to pitch in while baseball is on pause. How long the break will last remains...
Phil Miller: Safety concerns are paramount as MLB, players union discuss moving season to Arizona
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins were scheduled to play in Arizona for the first time since 2011 this July. Maybe they will after all.Only 12 Twins games have been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic thus far, but it’s clear the other 150 already are in serious jeopardy, which is why Major League Baseball and its players union are brainstorming some long-shot options for salvaging the 2020 season. Chief among them: Sequester all 30 teams in the Phoenix area, play as many games as possible in front of TV cameras but no fans, and avoid ditching an entire season while recouping at least a chunk of the s...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Ryan Divish: Could Arizona plan's financial incentive be enough for MLB, players to end coronavirus shutdown?
Late Monday evening, ESPN’s Jeff Passan published a stunning story about a potential plan to start the 2020 Major League Baseball season — which has been halted by the spread of COVID-19 — by “as early as May.”Per Passan’s sources, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association are working on a plan that has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials, “who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic.”That plan would force all 30 teams to relocate to the Phoenix valley to play games at the 10 spring-training facilities, Chase Field, which is the D...
The Seattle Times