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Baseball returns to a Covid-19 world tonight

The much anticipated start to the 2020 baseball season will take place tonight, as the MLB tries to salvage what it can from a Pandemic that is still very much a concern in the US, even as much as it was in mid-March when baseball and much of the country came to a screeching halt.

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The Yankees and the Nationals square off from Washington DC, guess who is throwing out the first pitch? None other that Dr. Fauci, the man who is constantly telling us how bad the virus is and today in the press, he is quoted as saying that the virus may never be eradicated. Talk about a downer, I think we could have done a little better in that department in choosing a first pitch representative.

Fans of baseball in Korea were the first to appear on banners instead of real life:

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The new rules of the shortened season take place tonight, of course, the studio generated fan noise and cardboard cutouts could also play their part in tonight’s opening of the MLB. It’s a much different landscape that baseball is opening to. No fans in the stands, the Toronto Blue Jays have been expelled from their own city, as the government will not let baseball teams in to play and the Jays to travel and come back to Canada.

The Phillies have to wait to open the season, until tomorrow at 7:05 PM, Aaron Nola takes on the Marlins and Sandy Alcantara. The game will be the first official Covid-19 baseball game hosted at Citizens Bank Park.

Several players have opted out of this season, even the Phillies pitcher, Zack Wheeler, has considered it. We may see a lot of players decide to do this if Covid-19 gets bad and infects a lot of players in the MLB. A trip to the DL or IL as they call it now, will be a long process, with players possibly missing a month at a minimum if they have a positive Covid test.

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