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Snake Bytes 7/17: 6 minutes ‘till Midnight

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Six days away from the start of the 2020 MLB season, but, admittedly, my thoughts are definitely more occupied by my amazement at the Watchmen HBO series...

The clock passes midnight in the twelfth inning of the San Francisco Giants game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. early Wednesday morning, April 16, 2014. Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Holy crap. Just finished Watchmen. If you’re at all a comic book fan, I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already. Just superb science fiction doing what science fiction does best.

Anyway, in less than a week, regular season MLB baseball will be gracing 30 fields and airwaves across the nation. Despite the misgivings of many people on this site and elsewhere, myself included, things seem to be going as well as can be expected, other than a couple small hiccups here and there. Hopefully that will continue over the course of the next three months or so, and we’ll be able to get a full* season of baseball in. I’m still not optimistic, though.

(New York Post) Alex Rodriguez gets pushback for calling for MLB salary cap

In a move that is sure to get him uninvited from any MLBPA Alumni meetings, Alex Rodriguez is trying to convince the owners that he is one of them by calling for the Players Assosciation to cave on a salary cap. The irony of the man who set off the current trend of uber long contracts calling for a salary cap is not lost on anyone, especially our very own Brandon McCarthy, who called him a “self-serving liar” on Twitter.

(MLB Daily Dish) Numerous umpires opt out of 2020 MLB season, per report

“BostonSportsJournal.com’s Sean McAdam reported Thursday that Scott Barry, Fieldin Culbreth, Phil Cuzzi, Kerwin Danley, Gerry Davis, Brian Gorman, Sam Holbrook, Tom Hallion, Jerry Layne, and Mike Winters have elected to stay home rather than taking the risks associated with the 2020 season. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Bruce Dreckman and Brian O’Nora could soon follow.”

Sadly, Angel Hernandez is not on the list.

(AZ Central) Tarps to cover empty seats at Arizona Diamondbacks home games

This definitely seems like the kind of thing that will go away after COVID. Yup, for sure.

Well, folks, next time I write one of these, there will be an entire section devoted to recaps of the game from the night before. See you all then!