March 28, 2012 photo shows both the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s standing for the US and Japanese national anthems at the Tokyo Dome on opening day 2012 (AP photo)
2020 Major League Baseball season: Scenarios
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
Some of the most affected States (except Washington,one team Mariners where the first Covid-19 case was reported) are large States with multiple teams. The first coronavirus case was in a convalescent home in Kirkland, a suburb east of Seattle. But nobody is close to California. We lead the way with five teams: Angels, Athletics, Dodgers,Giants and Padres. We could be a country by itself with a population higher than France. Florida with two: Marlins and Rays. Texas with two: Astros and Rangers; Illinois with the Cubs and White Sox. Since this virus is afflicting the whole nation, we can also throw-in Pennsylvania where the Phillies and Pirates play and Ohio with the Indians and Reds. This developing story makes it hard to predict if the major league season could begin during these following dates. Here are my four most logical scenarios. From best to worst
Here are some scenarios that have been shared by others regarding this season. I generally agree with these options. 1-Late May,which would mean the All Star Game in Los Angeles Dodger Stadium in mid-July could take place. The best scenario (pending the situation of a virus who has a mind of its own) would mean 100 to 105 games season. 2-Begins in middle of June, no All Star Game and about 70-75 games. 3-Nothing more American than the National Pastime beginning with Fireworks the 4th of July. With some necessary schedule adjustments like 80-81 games, basically half a season. 4-Cancel the Season, anything after that day. It would be unreasonable to believe MLB will play a season of just August and September.
Thought history Major League Baseball seasons have been disrupted by wars,strikes/work stoppage by owners and players, national events like September 11,2001 from a terrorist attack in New York City. In 2003 Athletics vs Mariners in Japan,was postponed until later in the season,because of the threat of a military action in Iraq. That year the opener did not take place the Tokyo Dome in Japan. First game of the season was on March 30 between Seattle and Texas. We all remember the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake when then intern Commissioner Fay Vincent Jr.postponed the World Series between the A’s and Giants for 11 days. And if you research all the history of incidents that have stopped or delayed games,or seasons, I do not think a Virus is what comes to our mind. But that is the case during this 2020 season. One of the casualties is the Olympics in Japan,where that country has been preparing for years to showcase the best athletes in the world in. Yes,we can go back to 1918 and the deadly Spanish Flu, but that was a different world of much less populations as well as sports leagues. As a matter of fact KDKA Pittsburgh was the world’s first commercial radio station began broadcasting in 1920. And also the first radio station to broadcast a major league game, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adios. Stay well.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish play by play announcer on KIQI 1010 San Francisco and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com