Philadelphia Phillies and MLB 2020 season days lost to the COVID-19 pandemic: 9.
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Photographers from The Inquirer have been scouring the city of Philadelphia during the coronavirus pandemic, providing a look at how the pandemic is affecting some of the areas most iconic sites.
At 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 3 the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, will provide a live update of efforts to mitigate the health crisis here in the Commonwealth. You can watch at this link: “4/3: Governor Wolf live stream“.
The Sheetz convenience store chain has launched a free meals program for kids at dozens of stores across six states including Pennsylvania. Children can receive a free turkey sandwich, chips, and a drink. Per Michael Tanenbaum at The Voice, Sheetz CEO Travis Sheetz stated: “It is our hope Sheetz’s Kidz Meal Bagz program will make a small difference and provide nourishment to those in need during these uncertain times.”
The Pennsylvania 2020 election primary has been moved to June 2 due to the pandemic, with May 18 now the last day to register to vote and May 26 to apply for mail-in or absentee ballots.
The mayor has announced that Philadelphia trash and recycling pick-ups are running about a day behind their usual schedules due to sanitation workers calling out sick. Philly residents should continue to put trash out as usual on their normal day and it will be collected as soon as possible.
Stay updated on the pandemic here in the Philadelphia area via The Inquirer coronavirus live news ticker on the subject. Also, be sure to to understand the City of Philadelphia Business Activity and Stay at Home Order. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the NIH (National Institutes of Health have tremendous resources as well.
Jayson Stark at The Athletic reports on how MLB and the NCAA’s response to the COVID19 pandemic has caused havoc for college programs and players: “College baseball,” says one agent, sadly, “is screwed.”
Former Phillies 1982 starting pitcher and current San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow posted this fantastic video greeting regarding the game’s delay and the health crisis. While it was directed specifically at Giants fans, I think we can all appreciate and enjoy his message:
Now for the latest Philadelphia Phillies news from local and national resources:
Jim Salisbury at NBC Sports Philadelphia wrote on what MLB teams including the Phillies are telling their employees during these uncertain times: “Phillies general manager Matt Klentak on Thursday was asked about the potential for layoffs or salary cuts within the organization.”
“That’s a situation that is not unique to baseball, unfortunately,” Klentak said per Salisbury. “A lot of decisions will be made above my pay grade, obviously. For all of us, we are hopeful that we’ll resume and not have to take measures like that. We trust that the Phillies are owned and run by very good people — and have been for a long time. Everybody is trying to do the best thing right now.”
“The 25-year-old right-hander reported feeling soreness on March 9, the day after he pitched a scoreless inning during a Grapefruit League game. Phillies doctors evaluated him. Their initial evaluation included the possibility of Tommy John surgery. Domínguez was preparing to get a second opinion on his arm — the same issue that forced him to miss the final four months of the season because of a UCL injury — when the remainder of spring training was canceled on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Phillies superstar outfielder Bryce Harper and wife Kayla have announced a half-million dollar donation to help charities here in Philadelphia and in their native Las Vegas, Nevada during the health crisis:
Frank Fitzpatrick at The Inquirer took a look back at 1995 spring training when baseball was still in the throes of the strike and the Phillies began the Grapefruit League season with replacement players:
“If baseball historians ever chronicle the bizarre spring of 1995, among the artifacts they ought to examine is a box score from the Phillies’ 7-5 loss to Pittsburgh on March 5. That Sunday afternoon in Bradenton, Fla., manager Jim Fregosi used five pitchers. His starter was a rock guitarist who hadn’t pitched anywhere in four years. The four who followed were the son of a Philadelphia sportswriter, a Texan who raised ostriches, the recent MVP of a Delco softball league, and a Western Pennsylvania aluminum worker who, until February, had been coaching in Italy.“
Tom Housenick at The Morning Call wrote on former Phillies minor leaguer Matt McBride decision to retire. The 34-year-old McBride, a Bethlehem native, reached the big-leagues and appeared in 92 games with the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics:
“I still want to stay connected in baseball even if it is not professionally,” McBride said per Housenick. “Helping coach younger kids, kids in high school, I still really enjoy that.”
Many players are trying to stay in shape using various home routines. It’s easier for some, who may have extensive home gym equipment and large outside areas to work out. However, others, especially many in the minor league system, have fewer options. Here, Phillies lefty pitching prospect Jeff Singer demos one of his home workout routines:
Former Phillies player and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr has joined the Twitterverse @RAJr_20 over the last few days and has taken to the social media platform like a fish to water. Here he sends out thanks to former teammate John Kruk:
On Monday afternoon, I appeared as a guest on the “Phillies Talk” podcast hosted by Rich Baxter in which we talked about the numerous effects that the coronavirus pandemic has had on baseball and society. It was a wide-ranging discussion that I think you would enjoy.
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And finally, happy 33rd birthday Jay Bruce!