Posts By Bob Toth
Last week, the sports world was turned upside down as teams reacted swiftly following the news that NBA player Rudy Gobert had contracted the coronavirus. Leagues responded within days with the postponement or cancellation of their regular seasons, postseasons, tournaments, and other events.
On Monday, the news worsened for baseball fans as Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. followed up last week’s cancellation of the league’s Spring Training and the first two weeks of the 2020 regular season schedule by extending baseball’s absence for another four weeks, following the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to limit activities that gather more than 50 people together while the world attempts to “flatten the curve” regarding the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide.
So…uh…this is a little unprecedented.
With two weeks to go to Opening Day and rampant concerns across not only the sports landscape but the entire world about the spread of the coronavirus, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that it was following the lead established by the NBA, the NCAA, and countless others by altering the season’s playing schedule.
As they say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. [To a Mouse, Robert Burns (1785)]
On Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement anticipated by many fans over the last couple of weeks, postponing the remaining Spring Training dates and at least the first two weeks of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule.
Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days
To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.
The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform.