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Crockett 24 and tonight I wanted to discuss the somewhat breaking news more so Ah, rumor.
That hasn't really gone through yet.
And that is that Major League Baseball is debating on.
And they're working on a deal with the players union to start the season in May.
Now the season would you know, they would almost do it like another short, abbreviated spring training.
And then a few weeks later, they would start the beginning of the season, and they would do so in the greater Arizona area.
Now, the season was supposed to start on March 26th and I'm one of the bigger baseball fans you'll probably ever meet.
But when I read this headline, I immediately could not believe what I was reading.
It's just another dumb ass call by the Incapable Rob Manfred, who is the baseball commissioner, and I almost decided to pull up a picture of, you know, a parental advisory image and posted on the screen here, just Thio protect myself going forward because I don't really know where this is going to go.
The good news is that I've cooled down a little bit since reading the headline and reading the entire article that was published on ESPN initially, and so I've had some time to kind of settle down and cool the air.
But I have a feeling once I get into this, I'm going to start getting a little more heated again, and I just need to say what's on my chest and get it off and be done with.
So for those of you that are not aware, as I mentioned, MLB is deciding.
You know, they're working on a deal in which they would start the season in May in Arizona, and, you know, one of the ballparks would be the Diamondbacks Stadium in Arizona.
But they would also host games at surrounding minor league stadiums or summer league stadiums.
So just the kind of I'm trying to debate on how I even want to start this.
I'm going Thio, How about this? How about I just read you.
You know, Cem some of the blurb from ESPN on what they plan on doing so they're apparently increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May and support the high ranking federal public health officials who believe the leak in safely operate amid the Corona virus pandemic.
So this plan has obviously several stumbling blocks, but it has emerged as one of the likely options on the MLB and Players Association leadership.
The plan would dictate that all 30 teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the Phoenix area, including Arizona.
Diamond Backs Chase Field.
As I just mentioned, 10 other spring training facilities and perhaps other nearby fields.
Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation and travel on Lee to and from the stadium, sources said.
So federal officials, you know, with the Disease Control and and other health experts have apparently supported this type of plan and you know, to promote the social distancing parameters that we all have to adhere by going forward.
You know, they issued this statement Tuesday late Tuesday evening.
And, uh, you know, they're actively considering obviously contingency plans that would allow them to commence once the public health situation has improved and it is safe to do so.
But, uh, you know, they have.
You know, while they haven't settled on the issue, they are waning towards the May start.
And it just kind of goes on and on and on about, you know, some of the health concerns and and got in, you know, okaying things with health experts and the logistics, you know, to pull off this plan, you know, would be like a 4.
5 month plan and, you know, keeps the players away from their home stadiums, keeps fans out of the stadiums to prevent the spread, etcetera, etcetera.
So here is a miracle of reasons as to why this is one of the more ludicrous ideas I've ever heard.
We are getting updates daily from the state governments and the federal government's.
We've already been basically mandated to stay in, you know, the stay at home order until May 1st.
So that's on the short side of things.
The best case scenario is we return to somewhat normal lives on May 1st for major league baseball, too, not wait this thing out, make these rash decisions come up with this plan.
To start play in May just reeks of terrible management and leadership and just how this idea even came to be.
And then you have other people supposedly signing off on this deal, and then you have, you know, if it gets all the way to make it to an ESPN story.
And and other major sports networks like CBS and others are latching on to this story than you know.
It has been discussed at length with MLB, and it'll be officials, and it's gotten this far, so you know that it is a serious inquiry in something serious that Major League Baseball is heavily looking into.
Now, as I discussed, I'm going to break this down and should tell you why this is just a God awful idea.
For one, these players would be secluded from their families for four months.
So you're you're telling me that professional athletes that already spend several months of the year away from their families right? Their kids are home from school now, so they're spending more times with their families.
Now more than ever, you're expecting them, no matter how urgent it is and how much of an emphasis you know, how big their desire the players desire to start play.
None of that will outweigh the fact that these players are not going to sign off on being away from their families for four months.
Not to mention the fact that you wanna put an end to the virus and you want to really move on with our lives.
How about not flying these players that are from all across the country toe one central location in Arizona? They obviously wouldn't be in the same stadium, but the stadium capacity would be a limited.
It would be less than 15 Stadium's probably hosting all these athletes.
So you mean to tell me that they are going thio? You know, this whole social distancing being six feet away from people they're bringing all these people in from outside, like inside and outside of the country.
You know there's a team up in Toronto, believe it or not, you know it's hard for the commissioner and probably, you know, acknowledge the fact that it's not just this country that's being impacted by sporting events.
So not to mention that the Canadian borders have closed.
The Mexican borders have closed.
You know, all these other obstacles you have in play New York is in a shambles right now.
They are, you know, dealing with things that are way bigger than sports.
And you're gonna ask that New York has two teams, the Mets and the Yankees.
This plan would make the major league rosters expand for health reasons, which is another thing I'm about to get into.
So you have even more players traveling than what you would have otherwise.
And you're gonna ask all these players to go go to certain hotels, which, by the way, these hotels you know, in and around the area what, are they going to spread them out in social distance? They're going to really monitor every single player, make sure that they have all the player separated.
Different rooms, different hotels.
Certain teams can't fly into other hotels.
The other places have been too before it's been sanitized.
You know, all these health issues don't even lead to the issues of the actual game itself.
Like actually actual players going onto the field we have all these other issues that don't even involve the players playing baseball on a field together.
So that, in and of itself is just mind boggling to me.
How that could even be possible.
For one, they aren't just going to be players playing the game.
You have to take into consideration umpires and camera crews.
If they're going to televise these games, which I know they are, they wouldn't be playing the games if they weren't televising them.
They're not going to make any money off of the fans not coming to the stadium.
So the only you know revenue stream they have are the sponsorships through the TV networks.
And you know, the commercials and the TV deals that they consign to make this happen.
It's the only way they're gonna make money from this.
So the fact that all of these people are coming in from everywhere and you're not only accounting for the players, these managers, tons of these managers are, you know, over 60 years old, they are at the most risk of this virus.
You have umpires.
Most of the umpires are older now.
They have mentioned the idea of potentially bringing in even, you know, automated umpiring.
So, like the strike zone would be automated.
But that brings up a whole other thing.
It's, um it's April 7th.
If you're planning on starting the season before June 7th, which is still two months, that's not much time.
You're telling me that you're gonna have all these logistics sorted out and dealt with before the games start? It seems like they're just coming up with this plan willy nilly, and they're just going to expect that it all comes together and hope that nothing happens.
So we've never had automated umpiring, you know, to call balls and strikes.
But now all of a sudden within, you know, two months time frame, we're gonna be ready to do that.
And everything's going to work out without any glitches whatsoever.
They're not gonna have any technical issues at all, you know, calling in replays to the you know, Booth, Whoever is in the booth, they're not gonna have any technical issues, right? So if they don't have any human element of umpiring these games, that's going to cause another issue.
So you're just adding all these variables into this master plan that let's be honest won't work.
So let's go on to another important aspect of this.
Do I hope this Corona virus thing ends here soon? Yes, I do.
Am I hopeful that we can move past this and we can start, you know, business as usual.
I think we can have a positive.
I think there's some positive things that have come out within the last week, even and, you know, hopefully we can move past this sooner than later.
But what happens if one player comes down and test positive for the Corona? What happens if that happens? Not only are they going to have to quarantine the entire team, which this article is suggesting that they won't have to do that.
So that doesn't make sense at all to me because we have done that in every way, shape or form as bad, you know, a country as a whole.
So if I let Ze just, you know, say, a player test positive for Corona, that leaves the whole team out the corn team for two weeks.
So what? They can't play any games for two weeks.
Then what happens? What happens to the other teams that are supposed to play them in the next two weeks.
That creates scheduling catastrophes that won't be able to be solved.
So all this huge plan of starting the season in May, you know, they just come up with this.
It's going to be implemented within two months.
Gonna go on with no hiccups whatsoever.
They're going Thio, Just move on.
You know, with business as usual, no problems whatsoever, right? No wrong.
There's no accounting for any of this stuff that could completely tear apart the season.
Why would you even try to start the season if it could be completely torn apart in two days? What happens if somebody's, you know, test positive on the second day of the season? Then they would have toe, you know, like I said, that quarantine, the whole team, you know, screws up the schedule for the other team's.
Not to mention the fact that what if it's later in the season where these certain players have state at a certain hotel, that now another whole team is staying at that hotel? You mean to tell me that they're not going to be testing all of those athletes then? So mmm.
I just think this plan is absolutely abysmal.
And I can't come up with any other words other than frustrating two, you know, capture my emotions when I read this article in it, honestly, you know, like I said, I was goingto post you know, a picture and hear a parental advisory because I didn't think I could get through this whole thing without ranting and, you know, cussing up and down.
And I think I even mentioned it in my tweet.
I said, You know, Mom, this probably isn't the one to watch because I didn't trust myself not to slip up with how passionately stupid I think this idea is.
Rob Manfred is an absolute jackass.
He's an idiot of a commissioner.
We just went over earlier.
You know, last week in the stream.
If you didn't catch it, go.
You know, go watch the old stream that I had last week of improvements that major League baseball could make.
And I guess I didn't you no point out the most obvious one that you get a new commissioner because every idea he comes up with this stupid.
So I don't really know what else to say.
Other than for a myriad of reasons.
This plan is not going to work.
You're creating, you know, your the social distancing thing.
Bringing is the You know, this plan is the complete opposite of social distancing.
You're bringing players and coaches and umpires from all over the country into one central location in Arizona.
For what? The possibility that the warmer weather in Arizona is going to kick this.
Not to mention the fact that in Arizona, if they played the whole season in Arizona, it's like 110 degrees there in the middle of summer.
Are they gonna have domed stadiums for these players to play? And they're not gonna be able to play in those conditions.
These players are gonna die of heat exhaustion.
So if they don't die of the Corona, they're gonna have heat strokes.
And that's health.
You know, the more health risks on top of that.
So I just think before this idea was even considered heavily and gotten to the point where we have gotten to where it's become now, you know, news, ESPN, Yahoo, CBS Sports, they're all starting to cover this story.
That story wouldn't have resulted if this plan hadn't been thoroughly considered by Major League Baseball.
And the fact that it is is crazy to me that anybody would sign off on this idea as being a good idea.
So can you just picture this? Let's boil.
It lets, you know, play a hypothetical our minds.
Let's picture this.
You know, nowadays everyone's being careful, right? We're washing her hands were using hand sanitizers, were using masks, were doing all these things to prevent this virus from spreading.
Based on all the medical experts that I've read, this thing isn't gonna be done within May.
There's gonna be several months of this.
Now we're gonna hopefully flatten the curb, and this thing's going to kind of, you know, wash its way out, and we'll be okay in the long run.
But it ain't gonna be done by May.
And so let's let's put ourselves in this hypothetical situation here.
Picture is in the wind up right throws it to the batter.
First of all, it does the batter and does the batter's box.
Are they now six feet away from the catcher? Do they have to be six feet away from the catcher or since the catcher is wearing protective gear in a mask.
Maybe they're safe.
Okay, so let's assume they're safe.
So baseball is like we've always seen it, right? Battering about his locks catcher.
I just imagine in my stupid brain, I imagine pitcher throwing the pitch catcher, catching it a called strike.
So it's an own one count, and we pause.
Catcher has toe, you know, has right behind him.
He has a bottle of life, Sol.
Any sprays a ball all over, and he throws it back to the pitcher, and then picture goes into his wine up again.
He froze again, and the hitter doesn't hit it.
And we have another issue, or the hitter does hit it outfield or catches it.
And so now the outfielder has a candle.
Issel it is, you know, back pocket.
And he has to spray the ball before throwing it.
But then he touched it after he sprayed it, right? So then the picture has to have life salt spray before they throw it the next pitch.
Like so, uh, if you just picture that, what happens if you know, normally in a strikeout, they throw it around the horn, right, so the catcher strike three.
Catcher picks it up, throws to the third base.
You know, third base throws it across the diamond and then back to the pitcher.
So that's what you know.
Five or six people touching it before it gets back to the pitcher's hand.
So how are you going to regulate this stuff? It doesn't make any sense.
They want to start the season.
I want him to start the season.
I don't like talking about sports that are existing right now.
This is not This is not fun for me to go.
Come on to, you know, yeah, talk to myself into a computer and hopefully be joined by all you wonderful people on a day to day basis.
That can keep me entertained.
But I'm just talking to myself about sports.
They don't exist, so I don't like it as much as the next guy.
What the bottom line is this idea is ridiculous.
It's absolutely not going to work.
And we shouldn't even consider the idea of it happening.
We should just wait it out, wait it out till June, play games without stadiums play in normal ballparks.
These players are used to these ballparks.
They've played in them for several years.
They're going to start what, going to Arizona and playing in these minor league stadiums that they've never played in before.
They don't know any of the dimensions.
They don't know where to set up in the outfield.
You know, all these things would inhibit the game from being played like it usually would.
The players, you know, are the ones that suffer the most from this, that they're the ones putting their, you know, risking, you know, having some sort of illness.
With this, the managers are risking this.
They're risking giving it to their families.
They're they're risking being away from their families for over four months, just so Major League Baseball can start in May.
Now tell me that doesn't sound absolutely ridiculous to you.
So I don't really know what else to say.
I've kind of laid out tons of concerns of mine.
There are many others that I probably haven't even considered or I've completely forgotten about, because I just went on, you know, a huge tangent for which I apologize.
But I did keep it.
PG, I think I think I only cost a couple times.
So there's a positive, um, but oh, no, all.
I just thought it was an interesting topic to discuss, because this idea is mind boggling.
And honestly, the commissioner needs to consult with other people before making decisions because he is incapable of doing it himself.
And he has shown time and time again that he is terrible at doing this.
He needs to learn how to market the game better.
As we discussed in the stream last week, he needs to do several other things.
To enhance baseball for the viewer and to gain his audience.
And all he's going to do here is shut off a ton of people that, you know.
Some people will be on board with this because we're all so desperate.
We just want to watch baseball.
But more rational people will probably not be on board with this.
He'll catch a ton of flak from medical experts that say this is a terrible idea.
I don't know what medical experts they have consulted with.
You know, this article states they've consulted with us said that they've signed off on this idea because I almost guarantee with how liberal most of the medical experts are and how cautious they have been over this whole thing and how you know, constantly developing this whole situation is it doesn't make sense to me that medical experts would be on board with this at all.
In fact, that almost makes me raise an eyebrow that they just came up with that.
And it's not riel.
So take a deep breath.
Thank you, guys, for joining me.
That just about wraps up this stream for tonight.
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I will be live again with the next thing.
Oh, I did want to mention this. I want a preview.
Something else I'm going to do later in the week.
So since we don't have baseball right now, what is really cool are there are some, you know, well known websites that are doing baseball simulations.
So they have done this since March 26th the start of the baseball season.
They've started the simulations, so we have riel records of teams based on the simulation we have really stat leaders.
I'm going to break down.
You know, one stream will be the National League.
I'll break down the records of each team up to this date, you know, dating back to March 26.
Let's see what the computer say.
Let's see what the stat No ****ytics say.
Let's see how they break down the early start of the season.
You know what could have been basically.
So I'm gonna break that down.
I'm gonna break down the, you know, major stat leaders in each conference at, you know, league as well, American League and National League.
So I'm gonna break that up into two parts.
So stay tuned to that later on this week, And, you know, maybe we can have a fun a little exercise there.
So other than that, I don't have much else to say.
Thank you guys. So much for tuning in.
Uh, stay safe out there.