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Snake Bytes 6/26: Baseball is bachahahahahahaha

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MLB: Rob Manfred speaks from a Winter Meetings podium, probably explaining how the most baseball players get hospitalized with COVID-19, the bigger bonus he’ll get
“Some of you may die, but that is a sacrifice I’m willing to make”
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Baseball is allegedly back, so I suppose that means I should do my job. Personally, I think this is going to end in something rivaling the Hindenburg disaster. Anyway, we still have a few more days before we have actual baseball activity, so here are a few links to tide you over until then

(FiveThirtyEight) 60 Games Aren’t Enough To Crown The Best MLB Team. But Neither Are 162 Games.

Needless to say, it will be a season unlike any other in modern MLB history: Major league teams haven’t played a 60-game schedule since 1878. But does that mean it will give us a fluke champion, worthy of an asterisk? Maybe — although it’s not like a 162-game schedule delivers as much of an ironclad champ as we might think, either.

(MLBTR) Playoff Field Remains Set At 10 Teams; MLBPA Still Open To Discussing Expanded Format

Might the two sides still look to work out an agreement, though? Asked by Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark wouldn’t rule it out. The lines of communication between the league and the union “remain open,” Clark explained. “I would simply say that if there’s interest to discuss something, I’ll be available to discuss it,” Clark added.

(AZ Central) Arizona Diamondbacks sign top pick Bryce Jarvis

The Diamondbacks have finalized a contract with top pick Bryce Jarvis, signing the right-hander out of Duke to a deal that includes a $2.65 million signing bonus. Jarvis has passed his physical exam.

(The Athletic) Welcome to the strangest season ever

We won’t be sure what to make of records or league leaders. We won’t be sure what the standings, or even the playoff field, will mean. But if there’s going to be baseball, there is going to be Strange But True nuttiness. So at least we’ll have that.