'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...
Jim Souhan: Is MLB so desperate to squeeze in season that it would put lives at risk?
Major League Baseball reportedly is considering a plan to start the season in May with all 30 teams playing in the Phoenix area. Players would compete at local ballparks then be sequestered at hotels.This would require players to go without being with their families and friends for up to 4 1/2 months.This is a wonderful plan, and it can only get better as more details emerge.For example: Unicorns. A plan this solid must include unicorns.And what about magic? Could each player be coated with fairy dust to keep him healthy?And what about doubleheaders? Would baseball be played before or after th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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)
'If they call me, I'm coming:' Former Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton set to graduate med school — in New York
As a student at Tulane University, with one eye on professional baseball and the other trained in the distance on medical school, Mark Hamilton huddled with teammates to outlast one hurricane and was there, packing for evacuation, as Katrina roared toward New Orleans. Almost 15 years later, he sensed a familiar tone in class emails, in warnings, and in the stockpiling of supplies at the hospital, his school, and his New York City neighborhood.It was clear “the storm is brewing,” he said.This time, he’s ready to walk out into it.On Friday, nearly nine years after he last played for the Cardinal...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Royals' Mike Matheny 'excited' about prospect of possibly getting back on field soon
Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny spoke to reporters from his home in Lee’s Summit Tuesday, a sun-lit background and the faint sound of birds chirping accompanying the sight of Matheny in a blue T-shirt and baseball cap on the computer screen during a Zoom video call.He might as well have called the location his temporary managerial office. After all, the club’s new skipper has been forced to manage the club remotely with MLB in a holding pattern due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Matheny spoke optimistically about the prospect of playing baseball this season, and he admitted he wa...
The Kansas City Star
Warriors keeping options open with top-5 NBA draft pick: 'The best player is not obvious'
Sometimes Warriors head coach Steve Kerr laughs when he reads articles grading selections of past NBA drafts.“It’s a tough position to be in to have to write about these guys and grade teams when nobody really knows but, after the fact, it’s sort of hilarious,” Kerr said. “Pascal Siakam going 27th and people complaining about the Raptors not knowing what they were doing, because so-and-so was available. Are you nuts? If you did that re-draft, he’d be top-five.”The NBA draft lottery is scheduled for May 19, and the Warriors are poised to select no later than fifth. However, they know the best p...
The Mercury News
Tom Krasovic: MLB's Arizona plan further proof these are strange times indeed
Strange times beget strange scenarios.In the sports world, here’s an odd hypothetical that looms as extra strange:MLB games being played for weeks or months, in empty Arizona ballparks where all 30 teams would play.That’s a loose plan that MLB officials are discussing, reported The Athletic and ESPN in recent days.Weirder yet, ESPN says this glorified Cactus League could launch next month, a projection that comes even as the COVID-19 pandemic this week escalates to new levels in the United States.It’s hard to believe MLB could pull this off, especially so soon. These reports feel like a trial ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dan Wiederer: Conducting the NFL draft from home will be a bit of a circus
CHICAGO — We know what you’re thinking. This year’s NFL draft has the potential to be a bit of a circus. A quagmire. A full-blown cluster-kerfuffle.Two weeks from Thursday, with its standard “show must go on” determination, the NFL will push ahead with its 2020 player-selection process but in a truly unorthodox manner. All the pomp and circumstance had to be scrapped weeks ago, visions of a packed Las Vegas Strip and boat rides across the Fountains of Bellagio tossed away. And so much for the possibility of Tua Tagovailoa circling around the High Roller Ferris wheel shortly after being selecte...
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
Bob Brookover: Phillies home games in the Arizona desert? No thank you, MLB
The players want to play and that’s understandable. They have a lot at stake here. The amount of money they stand to lose if the baseball season is cut in half or wiped out completely is astronomical.Bryce Harper, for example, will be paid roughly $300,000 this season if the Phillies do not play a game. That’s part of the $170 million advance agreement the owners and players made for the months of April and May, which almost certainly are going to be lost to the COVID-19 shutdown. Harper was supposed to make $27.5 million this season.He, of course, can survive based on the $70 million or so he...
The Philadelphia Inquirer