Philadelphia Phillies and Major League Baseball COVID19 Pandemic Delay Day 17.

Former big-league All-Star center fielder and current FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster Jim Edmonds is hospitalized and has undergone tests for coronavirus after coming down with severe symptoms. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and is awaiting those COVID-19 test results. Edmonds had served in his second season as a special instructor at Saint Louis Cardinals spring training before the shutdown.

MLB players are trying to stay in shape in many ways during this pandemic shutdown. Let’s check in with Texas Rangers infielder Joey Gallo at his high-rise Dallas, Texas apartment:

Stay updated on the coronavirus pandemic from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the NIH (National Institutes of Health. Also, check out the City of Philadelphia Business Activity and Stay at Home Order.

Now for the latest Philadelphia Phillies and Major League Baseball news from local and national resources:

Scott Lauber of The Inquirer wrote on the effect that the recent agreement between MLB and the MLBPA on the 2020 season may have on the J.T. Realmuto contract talks:

…it’s possible that they could allow him to reach free agency, extend him a qualifying offer of about $18 million, and assess the post-virus market conditions before making their best bid.

Sean Kane at NBC Sports Philadelphia spoke with former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star reliever and current analyst Ricky Bottalico regarding the baseball shutdown that followed the terrorist attacks on America back on 9/11/2001.

We were in Atlanta to play the Braves and one thing I remember was getting phone calls in the morning to turn on the TV,” Bottalico said. “We all congregated in the hotel lobby and tried to get a better idea of exactly what was going on. At some point that morning you knew it was terrorist attacks.

Former Phillies second baseman and coach Mickey Morandini sent a message out to the fans of the club’s Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs affiliates, a message regarding COVID-19 that has relevance for everyone:

Fans of Major League Baseball can win $1 million! The catch? You’ll have to wait until after the completion of the 2029 season to find out whether you won or not. Pick the results of various leaders and outcomes during the 2020’s in MLB’s “The Vault” competition at that link.

We’ll be keeping you updated here at Phillies Bell on all the latest in this daily Lunch Bell report. It will include articles curated from around the web as well as any breaking news. During the pandemic we will include any relevant updates in that regard as well.

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