Well, by now we all know that 2020 has been a crazy year for everyone, especially for baseball because the sport got off to a late start due to the COVID-19 pandemic and their wasn't a clear cut plan between the MLBPA (Players' Union) and the player for quite some time.
Although It took some time, baseball did finally get kicked off in July, but the 2020 version of the sport is being played under new rules.
All sport fans know about the plague of injuries that attack players during the season, but now COVID-19 has managed to have a strong hold on the great American Pastime. This will and has hurt a lot of teams, especially those with big-name players. Players like Mookie Betts are on a one year deal with the Dodgers. Then, you have players like J.A. Happ who will have a team option heading into next season.
It was worrisome that these guys and the rest of MLB wouldn't see a 2020 baseball season, but now a 162 regular game season has been replaced by a 62 game set. Could this be the new normal?
What is usually a 162 game marathon to the postseason in October, is now cut down to a 62 game sprint to the postseason.
Over the years, baseball fans have seen stellar performance by their favorite baseball athletes, which was in a setting of 162 games, but now the sport is being played in the space of 62 games. Whatever sport you follow, in a non-orthodox season, there are players who struggle or get injured and there are those who thrive.
So, I raise the question to you. Yes, you, my readers. In baseball, there are normally 162 games in a regular season and during this time players struggle or get hurt, but there are those who thrive. If this occurs within 162 games, do you really think you will enjoy watching your team push themselves beyond their limits in a 60 game sprint to gain the edge in a championship run?
The tradition of going to the ballpark to watch your favorite team, is that in jeopardy? This season has called for no fans in the stands and advertisements on players' uniform has taken the place of the revenue that teams normally gain from fans that would visit ballparks.
2020 has brought us a global pandemic and it doesn't show any sign of slowing down. It has become one of the most unfortunate realities of our lifetime and we have to all wonder if traditions like going to sporting event will ever return.