Last night Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations spoke to the media via a conference call from Goodyear, Arizona. He spoke about what’s happening there with regards to the Reds big leaguers, minor leaguers, and staff. He also shared some thoughts on what he expected things could look like once baseball is ready to resume.
But that last sentence there is a big sticking point, isn’t it? Major League Baseball announced the official delay to the start of the season by “at least two weeks”. After yesterday’s announcement that players would be allowed to leave spring training facilities and go home if they chose, that all but ended the chances of the season starting two weeks late. The timetable just won’t work if players aren’t remaining at the facility and continuing to work out and stay “on target”.
Scott Miller of Bleacher Report and MLB Network Radio just published a piece about the fallout of all of this for Major League Baseball. Within the piece he noted that several sources he spoke with “swear the season won’t begin until June”.
Some industry sources think it will be May before the MLB season begins. Two sources say they’ve heard Memorial Day Weekend as a target date, and multiple other sources swear the season will not begin until June. Clearly, the coronavirus and the health of the nation will have much to say about all of it.
At this point, that last sentence is key to everything. We don’t know how this is going to play out, and daily, around this country, things are changing. Major League Baseball officials are doing the best that they can to try and come up with plans, but for the most part setting dates on those things are next to impossible at this point in time. As my favorite meme, and your favorite dinosaur movie says: Hold onto your butts.