Philadelphia Phillies and MLB 2020 season days lost to the COVID-19 pandemic: 18.

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Most folks know actor John Krasinski from his nine seasons 2005-13 run on the hit sitcom “The Office” and his current dramatic series “Jack Ryan” on Amazon. Krasinski also has debuted a web series called “Some Good News”, and this week talked of missing baseball during the sports segment. You can find it starting at the 9:12 mark here, though you may want to just watch the entire enjoyable video:

Paul Sullivan at the Chicago Tribune wrote on the hardship of missing baseball:

Now we’re in a state of suspended animation, players and media and fans alike, watching the grim reports from pandemic hot spots and praying for a flattening of the curve that would allow the game to proceed in one form or another.

In what is perhaps the single most negative take on the situation that I have seen to date, Nick Stellini at NBC Sports expounded on whether baseball should come back at all in 2020:

…having the league operate feels morally ambiguous at best. Yes, play would resume when the CDC gives MLB the green light. That would theoretically come at a time when the spread of the virus has been contained and minimized. But just because the curve on the graph has trended downward for a long enough period doesn’t mean that there still won’t be healing to be done.

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon at the New York Post writes about pro baseball returning on the island of Taiwan:

Bizarre images show cardboard cutouts, mannequins and drum-playing robots filling the stands at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Baseball Stadium instead of real fans when the Chinese Professional Baseball League restarted its season Sunday after a month-long coronavirus lockout.

Kevin Reichard at Baseball Digest revealed the results of fan polling conducted by Seton Hall University on a return of baseball and other pro sports:

The big finding: 72 percent of Americans (and 61 percent self-identifying as sports fans) said they would not attend games until a vaccination is developed, with 12 percent saying they would if social distancing could be maintained.

Ever wonder about the wide variety of dimensions at various Major League Baseball parks and ask yourself why those are not uniform? MLB themselves explores the answers:


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

The Phillies have announced the passing of Nancy Giles, wife of the franchise chairman emeritus Bill Giles:

 

Jayson Stark described Mrs. Giles as “…a warm and caring wife, mom and human being. Any day when your path crossed with hers was a good day.”

Ruben Amaro Jr said that she…was the sweetest, most gentle people I’ve ever met. She was warm and caring and genuinely loving in every way. She epitomized what it was like to be in the Phillies Phamily.

Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen introduced fans to the heretofore only rumored Lawrence McCutcheon, who was first mentioned by WIP’s Howard Eskin during spring training:

Matt Gelb at The Athletic wrote on whether the Phillies current short-season affiliates, the Williamsport Crosscutters, can survive:

Williamsport is synonymous with the sport. It is home to the Little League World Series. Often, the affiliated minor-league club is a lesser draw, but it’s more for the locals. The Crosscutters, who play in the rookie-ball, short-season New York-Penn League, call the second-oldest minor-league stadium in America home.

 


 

5999879_031020-wpvi-coronavirus-PHILADELPHIA-GENERIC-imgPhiladelphia area coronavirus updates continue to be provided via The Inquirer live news ticker on the pandemic. Also, the City of Philadelphia is currently under a 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 on updates and the national response.

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FINAL NOTE: It was 11 years ago on this date that we said goodbye to Harry the K. Rest in Peace, Harry Kalas.

 

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