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Miami 2020 (I’ve Seen the Leagues Go on Hiatus)

Major League Baseball, assessing myriad proposals, has discussed a radical plan that would eliminate the traditional American and National Leagues for 2020, a high-ranking official told USA TODAY Sports, and realign all six divisions for an abbreviated season. […] The plan would have all 30 teams returning to their spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, playing regular-season games only in those two states and without fans in an effort to reduce travel and minimize risks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The divisions would be realigned based on the geography of their spring training homes. […] Financially, it could be a huge boon for the TV rights holders. You could have a captive TV audience the entire day. […] The DH would likely be universally implemented as well.
Bob Nightengale, USA Today, April 10, 2020

“We will not have sporting events with fans until we have a vaccine,” says Zach Binney, a PhD in epidemiology who wrote his dissertation on injuries in the NFL and now teaches at Emory. Barring a medical miracle, the process of developing and widely distributing a vaccine is likely to take 12 to 18 months. […] O.K., but what about empty stadiums? “The idea of a quarantined sports league that can still go on sounds really good in theory,” says Binney. “But it’s a lot harder to pull off in practice than most people appreciate.”
Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated, April 10, 2020

Yes, we all need a room of our own.
Billy Joel

Seen the leagues go on hiatus
I saw the teams try quarantine
’Cause life went still across the USA
We all wore facial masks
And tried hard not to breathe

They schemed a scheme to restart playing
And broadcast content good to go
They shoved the DH in
Remade divisions
Like in MLB The Show

I’ve seen the leagues go on hiatus
I saw no people in the seats
At first it sort of seemed to make some sense
We’d see it from our homes, just watching on TV

They opened parks around St. Lucie
Like stuck inside an endless March
No fans allowed in there
The owners didn’t care
They had some programming to stream

I’ve seen the leagues go on hiatus
I saw the Mets play ’til late fall
DeGrom and Ramos formed a battery
Robotics called the strikes
And electronic balls

They tried creating stringent guidelines
Confining most all personnel
They said cameras could stay
Shooed families away
Pretending all of this was swell

Our ancient leagues, before hiatus
Gave us the game we came to know
They didn’t haul the sport to Florida
And turn the stadiums into a studio
Perhaps soon we won’t remember
This awful godforsaken year
I hope that once we’re fine
Then we can take in nine
Where all can gather without fear

8 comments to Miami 2020 (I’ve Seen the Leagues Go on Hiatus)

  • open the gates

    … and no, they didn’t pick the Yankees up for free.

  • Dave

    Meanwhile the music being pumped through the stadiums will be 4’33” by John Cage.

    • chuck

      As someone who is cursed with two music conservatory degrees, I am absolutely awed by this comment on the blog.

      I was going to proffer a comment about feeling bad for Matt Harvey, but Dave, you just floored me. In a wonderful future world, I would love to take you to a concert of music by Debussy – either the first great composer, or the last.

      • Dave

        Chuck – Cursed or not, I only have one music degree, but we were taught 4’33” in Theory I when discussing the definition of music. Love Debussy, but my favorite French composer is Satie…helps that his piano music doesn’t require too much technical skill, so I can play some of it.

  • Seth

    Hope the next time Nimmo gets an ouchy,
    He won’t have to call the esteemed Dr. Fauci.

  • Stan

    One of Phillip K. Dick’s lesser known novels, “Do Robots Have Electronic Balls?”

  • Tim Bergan

    We’re screwed this year. I don’t think we’re getting a season of any weird sort