You honestly expected something here? Ok, I will give you these then:
Torey Lovullo admitiu que a temporada de Bumgarner não foi das melhores, mas simpatizou com os problemas sofridos pelo pitcher em 2020. “Sua temporada realmente nunca decolou do jeito que ele queria, como ele mesmo admitiu, mas ele dava um jeito de nos ajudar”, acrescentou Lovullo.
But we should not give up hope:
“Ele jogou alguns jogos muito bons, apesar de não estar no seu melhor momento competitivo”.”
That is some sweet decoration. Palm tree lights on first, palm tree lights on second, palm tree lights on third, ...
Our manager’s holiday decorations >>> pic.twitter.com/EpeNO3Rgc0— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 18, 2020
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Bauer not content with Jon Heyman’s reports on his free agency
No one honestly expects Bauer to resign with the Reds now that they have gone into player dumping. But it still made for a nice read on Twitter when Trevor Bauer told Jon Heyman on there that he is just assuming.
Teams took a big hit in 2020 and therefore MLB teams have recurred to massive layoffs in baseball and tight budgets for 2021. Should we feel sorry for MLB teams? Well, former Blue Jays president Paul Beeston once said:
“Anyone who quotes profits of a baseball club is missing the point. Under generally accepted accounting principles, I can turn a $4 million profit into a $2 million loss, and I can get every national accounting firm to agree with me.”
Major League Baseball payrolls plunged to $1.75 billion during the pandemic-shortened season from $4.22 billion. Buyouts of unexercised 2021 options came to $58.2 million, more than double the $26.9 million for buyouts of unexercised 2020 options, a sign of expense-cutting amid the revenue loss.
Across the Ocean
The Australian Baseball League (ABL) decided the season would be played in bubbles with some weird schedule. Well, that whole plan can be thrown directly into the bin after this weekend. Just 2 of 10 scheduled games were played in the opening weekend when Australian states announced they would close borders, forcing teams to withdraw from travelling out or to pull out and return to their home states to avoid imposed quarantaine.