As the Cincinnati Reds get back on the field to prepare for the upcoming 2020 season, they’ve jumped right into live batting practice with Reds pitchers facing off against Reds hitters. These practices at Great American Ballpark have been streamed live via the organization through their various social media platforms. And on Monday afternoon the final pitch of the day came from Trevor Bauer. That pitch came to new outfielder Nick Castellanos, and he did not miss it.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2020
As someone who works from home, and well, works covering baseball, it’s been a joy to set up a second screen and watch these practices while working on other things. Kudos to the Reds for setting it all up and giving fans something to follow along with as we push towards “new” opening day. Speaking of that, if you missed the schedule release last night, check it out here.
Here’s a question for everyone: Would you be interested in a “game thread” type post where we embed the live stream of a practice and all just chat about it? Perhaps on a Saturday or Sunday so it’s not conflicting with work? Just a thought, but let me know and if enough people are interested we’ll give it a shot.
Exhibition games against Detroit
We learned on Monday night that the Cincinnati Reds will open up the season against the Detroit Tigers on Friday July 24th at 6:10pm. Shortly after that we learned that the two teams will also play two exhibition games in Cincinnati a few days prior to opening day. On July 21st the two will face off at 6:40pm and they will have another game the next day, July 22nd, at 6:10pm. The two teams will then take off the 23rd before returning for opening day on the 24th.
MLBtv price is now set for the 2020 season
In a normal, full 162-game season, MLB.tv is $121.99 for the year. You could also subscribe monthly for $24.99. But 2020 isn’t a normal year at this point, and the season is just 60 games. For this 60-game abbreviated season, you can subscribe for the season at the price of $59.99. You can get a team only subscription for $49.99 for the year. Some quick math tells us that unlike what the owners are paying the players this year, the fans aren’t getting anything pro-rated.
The old price was $122 for 162 games. That’s $0.75 per game. The new price of $60 for 60 games is $1.00 per game, assuming you buy the full package rather than the team specific package. That’s a 33% increase in price per game. Even if you buy the team specific package, the price per game is $0.83 – but you don’t get access to any other games beyond your own team in this scenario.
Oh yeah – blackout rules still apply. You can’t go to the stadium and watch the game, but you also might not be able to watch the game without a cable package, either. Oh, and hopefully your cable provider offers the channel you want.
No testing issues for the Reds
“As far as I know there haven’t been any out of the ordinary delays that at least was a surprise to me based on my expectations,” said Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell on the COVID-19 testing for the Reds when asked about it on Monday. “So far nothing totally out of the ordinary on our end.”
That hasn’t been the case for everyone around the league, though. Some teams around Major League Baseball have run into some issues when it comes to getting back their testing results, or even being tested, in the early on with the return to team activities. The Washington Nationals cancelled their workout on Monday due to the fact that the team didn’t receive the results from their tests from Friday. General Manager Mike Rizzo said, “We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff, and their families. Without accurate and timely testing it is simply not safe for us to continue with Summer Camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, Summer Camp and the 2020 Season are at risk.”
The Nationals aren’t the only team that was having issues. Multiple teams had testers not show up over the weekend. Major League Baseball failed to get many of the tests from Friday shipped out to the facility in Utah that does the analysis due to poor planning over a holiday weekend. That led to a statement being released by Major League Baseball explaining how they botched the whole thing.
Kris Bryant told the Cubs media during Monday’s press conference that he’s not feeling safe or comfortable because of the testing issues. “We’ve had guys here that showed up on Sunday and haven’t gotten tested again eight, seven days later. And then you don’t get the results for two days either, so that’s nine days without knowing. I think if you really want this to succeed, we’re going to have to figure this out. I wanted to play this year because I felt that it would be safe and I would feel comfortable. But honestly I don’t really feel that way, which is why I’m trying to keep my distance from everybody and wear my mask, just so that we can get this thing going.”