New York Mets baseball is on its way back to your living room with a 60-game schedule.
Baseball is on its way back. After weeks of back and forth between the MLBPA and MLB, Commissioner Rob Manfred is imposing a 60-game schedule for 2020. This means the New York Mets will be back in action soon enough and everything will get back to normal, right?
Well, it’s not that easy. There’s still the health and safety of players, staff, and fans to consider. There has also been a lot of damage done between the players and owners over the last month-plus only to come away with what will feel like an extended spring training.
Whatever your thoughts are about the return of baseball, at least there’s a plan now in play.
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For the Mets, I think many will agree this can be great news or the worst thing possible. In 60 games, anything can happen. Pete Alonso can hit .100 and knock only two home runs. Robinson Cano could hit .400 and hustle on every single play.
As crazy as it sounds, Jacob deGrom might win his third Cy Young Award with only five wins.
A 60-game season is a strange outcome to all of the arguing between the two sides. It’s essentially what the owners have wanted in the last two weeks while the players have been holding out for a little more. I won’t pretend to fully understand the intricacies of labor relations. All I know is that I might hear the crack of a bat soon enough.
It would be a pleasant change of pace for sure after hearing nothing but neighbors setting off illegal fireworks since the start of June.
This plan to resume baseball action is still in its infancy and a lot can change between now and any actual games. We still need to have some sort of spring training to whip players into game-ready shape.
But the good news remains the same—baseball intends to get back to action.
Like many, I had begun to reach my breaking point with the players and owners over their squabbling. With any luck, they got a few things settled before the next collective bargaining agreement runs out and we face a players’ strike in the near future. If not, this may be the preview of worse days ahead for baseball fans.
It seems like only five years ago we were watching Dominic Smith hit a walk-off home run to end the season. While it hasn’t been quite that long, a baby that was conceived that day would have been born this past weekend.
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We’re going to get some kind of Mets baseball this year in the not too distant future. Hopefully, nothing else pops up and this rare good news in 2020 is more than a tease.