A cameraman walks through a crowd of spectators who are masked up for Korean Baseball between Hanwha Eagles and the SK Wyverns on May 5th at Incheon South Korea as MLB negotiates to return July 1st (AP photo)
On Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1: Talks continue between MLB and the players to get the season started there have been reports that the two sides will get a deal done and opening day will be on July 4th.
#2 One idea that’s on table having baseball in three southern states Texas, Arizona, and Florida where they have re-opened and have ended shelter in place.
#3 Rules to be implemented social distancing, face masking, wearing gloves, to use a few house rules.
#4 Baseball is a gate driven league much more than football they are exploring the possibility of getting fans back in the stands and they have to make money some way.
#5 Talks have been about getting the season started in July the owners and players had one sticking point that was the revenue the players are asking for their full salary and the owners want to share 50-50 of the gate after they get started in July.
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Former St Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire (left) and Former Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa (right) celebrate their home run filled season in 1998 which is part of a ESPN documentary “Long Gone Summer” debuting in June (Chicago Tribune file photo)
On Headline Sports pod with Jerry F:
#1 Businesses are starting to open up but there have been reports from places like Tyson Meats and Amazon of recurring cases of Covid-19 is it a no brainer to say baseball is something that is in the far distant future.
#2 Jerry the ESPN documentary “Long Gone Summer” is coming out which features the Summer of 1998 the home run derby between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa do you see this one being as successful as “The Last Dance”.
#3 Neither Sosa or McGwire give many interviews and especially on the subject of steroids how much will viewers need to expect that the subject of steroids and that their records are tainted with Sosa and McGwire will come up in the documentary?
#4 MLB PA representative Tony Clark says not so fast to coming back July 1st as MLB is reportedly setting a date to return to action. Amongst the issues at hand for the players union Clark said the players need to know what is happening and the players union hasn’t got a formal proposal.
#5 The ESPN deal to broadcast Korean Baseball Organization games have gone over big. With millions of unemployed people due to the shutdown they can stay up late watching live baseball from South Korea during the wee hours of the morning.
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San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley who announced his retirement over the weekend has been receiving warm mentions from teammates, fans, and even in the press (Detroit Free Press file photo)
Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1 Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would love for sports to come back but as a health physician and scientist he said the country is not ready for that yet.
#2 Jerry offensive tackle Joe Staley had a stellar career with the San Francisco 49ers before announcing his retirement over the weekend. Staley had a career, two Super Bowl appearances, six pro bowls and 181 games.
#3 A’s and Giants fans are lining up to receive their refunds and season tickets holders are getting their money back as well. The Giants plan to start their refunding plan on Wednesday and the A’s have partially started refunding money to A’s fans. The A’s did not bill their fans for April.
#4 In the Michael Jordan documentary “Last Dance” 1992 Olympics Dream Team architect Rod Thorn was asked if he had anything to do with keeping Isiah Thomas off the team at Jordan’s request. Thorn replied he never spoke to Jordan about Thomas while selecting the team. Thomas said he thought he should have made the Dream Team and he said he was not part of it and quote “that hurt me”
#5 It’s very realistic that baseball will be played in front of empty stadiums under a baseball plan that has three divisions and if games are held in neutral site locations in Arizona. The plan is still under study from MLB and the MLB union.
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Marcus Seimien of the Oakland A’s one of many players on the A’s left wondering of a season that could have been? (AP file photo)
On Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1 Jerry there’s no doubt about it the Oakland A’s were really looking forward to playing this season with some key players that could have lifted them to post season with the likes of Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien, Matt Olson, and Jose Luzardo. They could only what could have been?
#2 The San Francisco 49ers plan to go big in the first round of the draft tonight. They also might make a trade according to general manager John Lynch as Lynch said the Niners lost a great player in DeForest Buckner.
#3 The 49ers in the last 17 drafts have drafted a wide receiver you can almost count on the 49ers drafting a wide receiver tonight again.
#4 Minor league baseball is looking to cut 42 teams before the Covid 19 shutdown. Now with the shutdown MLB is considering cutting 42 minor league teams it came down to a matter of economics.
#5 Jerry California or New York is standing pat with the shutdown and social distancing but places like Georgia where the curve has not gone down they plan on opening up this Friday. Is this a responsible or irresponsible decision on the part of the Georgia Governor Brian Kemp?
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Hohokam Stadium in Mesa Arizona after it’s completion for the Oakland A’s spring training home. Still the discussion is on to have games there without fans and will it be safe for players and working personnel? (file photo arizonarepublic.com)
On Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1 MLB executives have said to listened to the scientists and have faith that they can make the right decisions during this long pandemic to get us through it
#2 California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the possibility to reopen is “negligible” at best adding until a vaccine is available everything is on hold
#3 The basic bottom line from Newsom is until there is a vaccine expect not to go see any sporting events which could be as long as the 18 months or September 2021.
#4 Major League Baseball has taken part in a anti-body study that antibodies are developed so the virus or a bacteria is recognized in the body. The research is taking place in Santa Clara and Los Angeles as well as at USC. It was reported that the Oakland A’s are also on board with the program.
#5 Events are possibilities to be held without fans but what about at risk personnel, the players, medical staff, EMTs, trainers, security, engineers, custodians, front office personnel and the media?
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the season has not been ruled in or out but it’s in doubt (photo from yahoo.com)
Headline Sports podcast with Jerry F:
#1 On the topic of the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said “nothing been ruled out in and nothing has been ruled out” regarding canceling the rest of the season.
#2 How much will such a decision impact the players, coaches, fans, front office those who work the games every night if the season were to be canceled.
#3 Bettman added it will take two or three weeks to see how this epidemic goes and if there is any chance to return.
#4 What about the possibility of a Stanley Cup Playoff starting late in June finishing with the finals September.
#5 The number of NHL players with Covid-19. The Colorado Avalanche have three players and the Ottawa Senators with five players infected. Before doing anything the NHL wants to confirm they have a clean bill of health before starting anything.
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AP photo: Gates of Wimbledon are locked tight as the announcement on Wednesday Apr 1 that the 2020 Wimbledon Tennis Championships will be canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreaks.
On Headlines pod with Jerry F:
#1 Golden State Warriors team president Rick Welts like most everyone else is working from his Sacramento home. He’s hoping the team can return to some normalcy.
#2 Most NBA teams including the Sacramento Kings have most of their full time employees working from home which could amount up to 500
#3 For the first time since World War II Wimbledon has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of tennis’ best Serena Williams and Roger Federer have been featured at the event in the past.
#4 Kings fans and local Sacramento businesses have observed how quiet downtown has been since the shelter in place has been instituted since March 12th. The very few who are out during lunch hour take their lunch to go and back to the office.
#5 Covid 19 hitting close to home for Oakland A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks who lost his disc jockey friend Gariff Gotti and A’s minor league coach and manager Webster Garrison both who died and quickly after contracting the virus.
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file photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken (92) watches the Cactus League action on Mar 5th from the Giants dugout at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale AZ some six days before the MLB season was suspended
On Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1 San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken said that she was confident in one and one interviews as she was in group interviews.
#2 The Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he will focused on the step in front of him. For now that’s get past this pandemic lockdown and baseball next.
#3 Giants catcher Buster Posey said that “Baseball is secondary, let’s figure out the important stuff first” in regards to coming back safe and healthy from this pandemic and when the game will return.
#4 The Oakland A’s player representative Marcus Semien said that the Tokyo Olympics are done but MLB most likely will schedule as many games as possible once it returns to action.
#5 Former Bates College athlete, two time All American lacrosse player Jack Allard was reported in critical condition on Wednesday morning because of Covid 19. Allard came to the hospital on March 13th and is in a medically induced coma and breathing with the aid of a respirator. He is in line to have experimental treatment soon.
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