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Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – ??

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – ??

| On 13, Mar 2020

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)]

The Commissioner, whose judgment and slow reacting to most big baseball news stories over the winter has been criticized heavily, made the decision on Thursday to cancel Spring Training action effective immediately while also announcing the postponement of the first two weeks of action across the 2020 schedule slate, which was supposed to kick off on Thursday, March 26.

The move was made in part with “the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans” in mind.

“We don’t have a playbook for this,” Cleveland team president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti shared with the media Friday morning about the team and the league’s response to the coronavirus issue. “This is a new one, so we’re learning on the fly. I think we’ve taken the approach that we’ll continue to prioritize the health and wellness of our players, our staff, their families, everyone at the complex, everyone throughout the organization, and try to take actions that are consistent with that. But admittedly, that’s evolving day-to-day and we continue to take guidance from the health care professionals as well as Major League Baseball on what we should be doing.”

In addition to the work stoppage, which is in itself a rare occurrence in the long and storied history of America’s one-time pastime, the 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games and the start of the Minor League Baseball season were also postponed. Team facilities in Arizona and Florida will remain accessible to players and some teams have even set up optional workout dates to keep in shape. The Indians were one such club, holding an optional workout on Friday before giving players Saturday and Sunday off. Indians players are expected to remain in the area.

The assumption is that teams will need some sort of brief, second Spring Training to get players back into game shape for the abbreviated schedule. The longer the delay, the higher the likelihood that that second Spring Training session gets longer in length. The situation as a whole presents a potential injury risk to all players, but especially to pitchers who have spent February and March building up their arm strength and pitch counts for their respective roles for the regular season, only to have that come to a screeching halt.

For some teams, the delay could prove beneficial. The Indians, for example, have already been hit with a wide range of injuries that were going to affect the Opening Day roster. Starters Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco have both had ailments to deal with, with Clevinger recovering from left meniscus surgery this spring while Carrasco has battled a right hip flexor strain and right elbow inflammation. Reliever Emmanuel Clase, the key piece of the winter’s Corey Kluber trade, is dealing with a moderate teres major strain in his upper back that is expected to sideline him for two to three months. All three were not expected to open the season on the roster, but with the delay, there is a chance that at least one of the starters will be healthy enough to pitch for the Tribe.

Outfielders Tyler Naquin (recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee in September) and Oscar Mercado (mild left wrist sprain) could also benefit with additional time to mend, although the latter was not expected to miss the start of the season prior to the change in that date.

So what do fans do now?

For starters, being careful in our own day-to-day activities is certainly an intelligent start. Be mindful of travel, monitor your health, and try to prevent this virus from extending its reach further. Educate yourself on the symptoms (preferably via reputable sources and not the sensationalism journalism operating to a fault these days) and understand the risks you take. Everyone wants to get back to some semblance of normalcy in this crazy world, and there is no time better than the present to take a step back and evaluate life and your choices. Stop picking your nose, keep your hands off of your face, and for the love of all things holy wash your damn hands for longer than a few seconds. This virus is not an endgame scenario, and doing a little research can go a long way to quell some of the concerns heightened by some suspect reporting in the media and by politicians that have focused on politicizing a pandemic for votes in November.

After that, we sit and we wait. We reflect on seasons past and ponder seasons yet to be played. A portion of the population will be sitting at home, off of work, with children barred from schools, libraries, rec centers, and who knows what else over the coming days. Enjoy the time together, find time to relax and connect, and appreciate the little things in life. Play some games, grab a book, or peruse the nearly 10,000 stories on this website dating back to 2011. Hell, you might even learn a thing or two!

Major League Baseball’s shutdown will be only temporary and hopefully the joint decisions made by sports bodies, big businesses, and others will help to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and allow sports to return as a needed and wanted distraction from the rest of the stress the world throws at us. Until then, feel free to stop by here and wait with us as we impatiently count down the unknown number of days until our countdown to the delayed start of the 2020 season resumes.

Thanks for reading and stay safe, everyone.

-BT

Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

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