- Baseballs eyes a return with no spitting or high fives, lots of testing, and some skeptism.
MLB's return-to-play protocol is a massive, ambitious undertaking. Much, much more to come later in a fascinating look inside what it will take for American team sports to restart, but for now, a news story at ESPN that covers details -- and skepticism: https://t.co/g6gWRIS7rT— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 16, 2020
- Ken Rosenthal with more on the protocols.
This one is fun:
When the ball is out of play or in between pitches, fielders are encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner.
- Michael Baumann at the Ringer says it is going to take a lot more than dollars and tests to get underway.
- Marc Topkin writes about how the proposals might impact the Rays.
- John Romano says a hurried season could benefit the Rays.
- Ronald Blum reports that without fans, owners project they will lose more than $600,000 per game.
- Per Rob Manfred, they could lose four billion dollars if the season is cancelled.
- Tragic news out of Houston as a woman and a five year old boy drown at the home of Carl Crawford.
- In stadium news, Tampa developer says Rays still interested in Tampa developer’s property.
- Fangraphs David Laurila profiles prospect Greg Jones.
- Former Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee is playing in the KBO and making slick plays.
- Tim Kurkjian on why players wear the numbers they wear,
- TMZ reports that Michael Jordan-worn and autographed baseball cleats sold for $93,000.
- Former All-Star player and championship winning GM Bob Watson passes away at 74.
- Ex-manager Art Howe released from hospital amid COVID-19 battle.
- In non-baseball news, MLS is also putting together a plan to resume play.
- Also, NASCAR returned on Sunday — sans fans — with Kevin Harvick winning at the Real Heroes 400 in Darlington.