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2020-04-07 8:21:34 AM  
Family Guy - Mets Fan Joke
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2020-04-07 8:29:10 AM  
How about the Arizona Pirates? Any chance of them doing well?
 
2020-04-07 8:31:08 AM  
MLB is jonesing for the tv cash. In a sane world, it would show how citizenship sponsorship of stadiums is a scam. In the real world, once this is all over, the MLB will use the resurgence from people looking for quarantine relief as rationale for more money to build.
 
2020-04-07 8:52:07 AM  
It would be absolutely amazing if this, after everything else that's happened, is the thing that finally gets us electronic strike zones to keep the more self-absorbed members of the umpiring profession ::coughANGELcough:: out of the picture.
 
2020-04-07 8:58:48 AM  

FriarReb98: It would be absolutely amazing if this, after everything else that's happened, is the thing that finally gets us electronic strike zones to keep the more self-absorbed members of the umpiring profession ::coughANGELcough:: out of the picture.


Make sure you cough into your forearm when talking about him, though.
 
2020-04-07 9:10:01 AM  
The longer they delay the start of the regular season, the longer the Nationals Game 7 triumph over the Houston Asterisks will remain the last meaningful baseball game to have been played.  And I'm OK with that.

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2020-04-07 9:19:07 AM  
So let's see, Trump calls all these league heads, and suddently, we have the UFC reserving an island, the NHL proposing to play in Grand Forks, ND, and MLB in Arizona.

This is all about Trump trying to deliver rose colored glasses and opiates to the masses in the form of sports returning to their TVs as soon as possible, even if it is horribly inadvisable. Imagine the spread of the virus as teams reuse locker rooms in facilities 24/7 to support these mandates.

Idiocracy 2020 indeed.
 
2020-04-07 9:21:46 AM  
How the hell can they structure dugouts, locker rooms, and other areas of the stadium to ensure everyone is keeping a minimum safe distance from each other?  Or, for that matter, the batter's box?  Heck, what about the baseball itself, considering how many players will touch the same ball barehanded even over the course of a single play?

I get that baseball can be played in relative isolation compared to other sports, but all it takes is one asymptomatic catcher to infect the entire stadium.
 
2020-04-07 9:27:30 AM  

LesserEvil: So let's see, Trump calls all these league heads, and suddently, we have the UFC reserving an island, the NHL proposing to play in Grand Forks, ND, and MLB in Arizona.

This is all about Trump trying to deliver rose colored glasses and opiates to the masses in the form of sports returning to their TVs as soon as possible, even if it is horribly inadvisable. Imagine the spread of the virus as teams reuse locker rooms in facilities 24/7 to support these mandates.

Idiocracy 2020 indeed.


He's a farking moron and the most dangerous thing to our country right now, but let's not pretend that the heads of all the sports leagues weren't thinking about solutions such as this right from the get go.  Trump just butted his head in there because he's a desperate attention whore who is trying to make anything positive stick to the wall right now.
We are a little more than a month out from when the shiat really started hitting the fan around here.  Those in charge of these leagues probably figured to wait a month, see where the situation was and will be heading, and then make an informed decision on how they can continue their business.  Whether or not this particular solution happens...I'd be surprised, and am skeptical at the moment.  It's still too early.  Keep waiting, start back up again in June or July when there is a lesser chance of exposure to this virus (we hope), or at least a drug combination that lessens the affects of the virus so if you get it bad you don't die (we really hope).  They should just wait.  We should all just wait.
 
2020-04-07 9:31:55 AM  

Cubs300: LesserEvil: So let's see, Trump calls all these league heads, and suddently, we have the UFC reserving an island, the NHL proposing to play in Grand Forks, ND, and MLB in Arizona.

This is all about Trump trying to deliver rose colored glasses and opiates to the masses in the form of sports returning to their TVs as soon as possible, even if it is horribly inadvisable. Imagine the spread of the virus as teams reuse locker rooms in facilities 24/7 to support these mandates.

Idiocracy 2020 indeed.

He's a farking moron and the most dangerous thing to our country right now, but let's not pretend that the heads of all the sports leagues weren't thinking about solutions such as this right from the get go.  Trump just butted his head in there because he's a desperate attention whore who is trying to make anything positive stick to the wall right now.
We are a little more than a month out from when the shiat really started hitting the fan around here.  Those in charge of these leagues probably figured to wait a month, see where the situation was and will be heading, and then make an informed decision on how they can continue their business.  Whether or not this particular solution happens...I'd be surprised, and am skeptical at the moment.  It's still too early.  Keep waiting, start back up again in June or July when there is a lesser chance of exposure to this virus (we hope), or at least a drug combination that lessens the affects of the virus so if you get it bad you don't die (we really hope).  They should just wait.  We should all just wait.


I'm not sure how any of these league heads think that shoving their athletes and staff through shared facilities at the height of this pandemic will result in anything but infections and possible death of their most important assets.

I'm sure they have drawn up the plans, I'm also sure Trump encouraged them to accelerate those plans.
 
2020-04-07 9:46:27 AM  
The part about being isolated in Arizona for 4 months without your family or side pieces will be a big problem.
 
2020-04-07 9:52:21 AM  
For the moment, I'm ok with Gary, Keith and Ron calling a simulated game of The Show and having it broadcast on YouTube. Sure, it's not nearly the same, but it's a nice distraction from the insanity that is the news cycle. I'd much rather ensure that our resources are allocated to safety and stopping this stupid disease as opposed to entertainment.

Plus at this point, I can't think of anything that would be sweeter than cracking the first of several beers while I plop my ass into my seat at Citi field, while checking out the deGrom 2x Cy Young bobblehead that I was supposed to get two weeks ago, without any fear of getting or spreading the Rona.

I'm also torn on robot overlord umpires. As much as I hate Angel Hernandez and Phil Cuzzi, I enjoy the human element of the game. Maybe if we use umpire relegation in conjunction with an unofficial digital strike zone. I don't like blown calls, but I do like when an umpire can "read the room" and expand the strike zone a little bit when it's a travel day for both teams.
 
2020-04-07 9:53:49 AM  

LesserEvil: So let's see, Trump calls all these league heads, and suddently, we have the UFC reserving an island, the NHL proposing to play in Grand Forks, ND, and MLB in Arizona.

This is all about Trump trying to deliver rose colored glasses and opiates to the masses in the form of sports returning to their TVs as soon as possible, even if it is horribly inadvisable. Imagine the spread of the virus as teams reuse locker rooms in facilities 24/7 to support these mandates.

Idiocracy 2020 indeed.


Apparently the NHL has asked teams about arena availability into August, so they have a contingency plan. The Grand Forks idea is really odd, but it fits with the need to have the NHL generate money. I can't imagine how they will keep everyone healthy.
 
2020-04-07 11:52:04 AM  
The smart money is on Arizona.
 
2020-04-07 11:59:23 AM  
Do they even know how hot it gets in Arizona?
 
2020-04-07 12:26:17 PM  

LesserEvil: So let's see, Trump calls all these league heads, and suddently, we have the UFC reserving an island, the NHL proposing to play in Grand Forks, ND, and MLB in Arizona.

This is all about Trump trying to deliver rose colored glasses and opiates to the masses in the form of sports returning to their TVs as soon as possible, even if it is horribly inadvisable. Imagine the spread of the virus as teams reuse locker rooms in facilities 24/7 to support these mandates.

Idiocracy 2020 indeed.


Bread and circuses.
 
2020-04-07 12:39:50 PM  
Interesting idea, but then the Giants would be playing baseball and NOBODY wants that.
 
2020-04-07 12:54:29 PM  

mikaloyd: Do they even know how hot it gets in Arizona?


Didn't think about that.  But Phoenix has by far the greatest concentration of near MLB level diamonds.  All the Cactus League stadiums are nearby.  The Grapefruit League is much more spread out (coast to coast) and of course it's Floriduh.
 
2020-04-07 2:34:08 PM  
I think the Mariners' ship may run aground in the desert
 
2020-04-07 2:40:20 PM  
I have an idea.

Each team should have a tournament where each of their projected starters plays MLB2020. Instead of the winner being the team representative, you pick the player that is the absolute, honest to god worst player on the team. That player then represents their team in a MLB video game season. The player could also be selected based on being the oldest player on the team.

Now, here's the catch. They all have to use the absolute worst team in the game, with no upgrades. Once each team declares their winner, those players then go into a 50 game season. At the end of that 50 game season, whatever their record is, that's the record their respective team starts with when the season resumes.

They say that every team will go 60-60, and the remaining 42 games make the difference. Let's put that to the test.
 
2020-04-07 4:59:36 PM  

12349876: mikaloyd: Do they even know how hot it gets in Arizona?

Didn't think about that.  But Phoenix has by far the greatest concentration of near MLB level diamonds.  All the Cactus League stadiums are nearby.  The Grapefruit League is much more spread out (coast to coast) and of course it's Floriduh.


And because you know Governor Doug Duncey is going to end all travel restrictions in AZ once this starts, there are a few more near-MLB level facilities in Tucson just off I-10 (the Kino Sports Complex, where the World Baseball Cup qualifiers were going to be held in March).
 
2020-04-07 5:52:58 PM  

Outshined_One: How the hell can they structure dugouts, locker rooms, and other areas of the stadium to ensure everyone is keeping a minimum safe distance from each other?  Or, for that matter, the batter's box?  Heck, what about the baseball itself, considering how many players will touch the same ball barehanded even over the course of a single play?

I get that baseball can be played in relative isolation compared to other sports, but all it takes is one asymptomatic catcher to infect the entire stadium.


The players will have to set when The Spectator seats behind the dugouts.
 
2020-04-07 5:55:03 PM  

mikaloyd: Do they even know how hot it gets in Arizona?


They will all be night games I guarantee it.
 
2020-04-07 7:20:15 PM  

WTFDYW: mikaloyd: Do they even know how hot it gets in Arizona?

They will all be night games I guarantee it.


It's still very hot at night. They could consider having games with two Eastern time zone teams start at 10am (1pm EDT) and have two teams from the west (Pacific/Mountain time) start at as late as 8pm
 
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2020-04-07 9:08:06 PM  

WTFDYW: mikaloyd: Do they even know how hot it gets in Arizona?

They will all be night games I guarantee it.


It's still hot as hell at night. I used to drive into work at 3:30 a.m. and it was still 95 outside. That heat is deadly.
 
2020-04-07 10:11:59 PM  
Well, a self-correcting problem.  The World Series will be determined by the last team be able to field at least two players from the original starting 2020 roster.  Season may go through September or June, depending.  Last one coughing is the winner!
 
2020-04-07 10:14:48 PM  

Outshined_One: How the hell can they structure dugouts, locker rooms, and other areas of the stadium to ensure everyone is keeping a minimum safe distance from each other?  Or, for that matter, the batter's box?  Heck, what about the baseball itself, considering how many players will touch the same ball barehanded even over the course of a single play?

I get that baseball can be played in relative isolation compared to other sports, but all it takes is one asymptomatic catcher to infect the entire stadium.


Just think of managers doing visual calls from the bases, WITHOUT touching their face.  The jumping jacks will be hilarious
 
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