MLB News: Update for 6/25/20
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Daily MLB News for June 25, 2020
MLB News and Updates
Here’s your daily roundup of all the MLB news that’s affecting the proposed 2020 season. Today we’re examining some news items and rumors concerning the league’s plans for getting teams back on the field, so let’s dive right in with the latest MLB updates. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
MLB Positive Virus Test Plans - Now that the MLB has a framework in place for an abbreviated (and very strange) 60-game season, we can start looking at the league’s plans for positive virus tests—which have already been occurring, most notably so far with the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon.
Arizona Diamondbacks CEO and president Derrick Hall gave some insight on the MLB’s plans to deal with positive tests, calling it a “top priority” and saying “We know we’re going to have some positive tests.” Hall went on to elaborate on the MLB’s safeguards for virus testing and quarantine during the season, and expressed confidence from both players and staff that the league’s plans for health and safety were more than sufficient.
The rosters are going to look a little weird this season, but there will be a coronavirus-specific injured list for players who test positive, and those players can return to action when cleared. It’ll take some getting used to, but it seems most everyone is on board and feeling pretty good here so far.
Fans at MLB Games in 2020? - After a mind-numbing three months of bitter negotiations and a last-minute resolution on the season, we’re still left with some details to work out. One of those details concerns fan attendance at live games, and it seems that some teams are willing to give it a shot.
Astros owner Jim Crane made some comments about fan attendance this week, saying the team planned on allowing an audience of some form at Minute Maid Park this year. Crane said “the only thing we have to do that can counter” the loss of revenue this year is to allow fans into the park and sell concessions, so it sounds like the Astros will do whatever they can to get some live viewers.
The MLB is reportedly leaving it up to individual teams as to whether or not they’ll allow fans into the parks at games, so with virus hotspots popping up here and there around the country this issue is sure to be a sticking point. We’ll keep an eye on news, rumors and league announcements here.
Blaze Jordan Payday - We’ll finish up today with an interesting item out of Boston. The Red Sox will reportedly give 17-year-old infielder and 2020 draft pick (No. 89 overall) Blaze Jordan a $1.75 million signing bonus for opting to play in Boston over Mississippi State.
That’s more than double the $667K-ish slot value for where Jordan was selected, as the Red Sox believe he’s a big-time prospect along the lines of Bryce Harper. Jordan will be an intriguing guy to watch over the next few seasons.