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I write and stream on behalf of the Unwrap Sports Network and tonight I thought it would be a fun little exercise.
Thio discuss what a shortened or condensed MLB season would look like.
Now I'll start this by saying you could go in a 1,000,000 different directions with this.
You could break it down, you know, as finite as you wanted, Thio.
But tonight I'm going to really focus on a few things because I mean, to be quite honest, with you.
It would just take me so long to dig into everything that we would expect with a shortened season.
And they're so many unknowns in question marks as of right now, that it's just too much to even speculate on.
So I thought I would just kind of break it down into, you know, my initial thoughts.
And for those of you that tuned in earlier this week, we also we kind of had a nice little heated debate.
So if you if you missed that stream, go ahead, go back and watch that We discuss the idea of MLB starting the season in May, and I, you know, listed several reasons as to why I thought that was a terrible idea.
But it seems as though starting the season is at least feasible at this point, we don't know when I want it.
My best guess is July 1.
So that is what I am assuming for this exercise.
I'm assuming opening day is July 1, and we end the season sometime late September, early October, as we normally d'oh! And so those are the numbers that I am going off and you know, during that stream earlier in the week.
We discussed the idea of it starting in May.
But if it was going to do so, the original thought was that all the games would be played in Arizona in spring training stadiums around the Arizona area, including the Diamondbacks stadium, as one of the stadium's teams would play at.
And now there's even been a bigger update one, you know, maybe breaking that off into like, spring training facilities.
So as of now, you know it's almost split 50 50 where half of the teams go to Arizona and then the other half go to Florida.
So there's been even more talks this week.
In fact, the what USA Today I'm reading a story just came out with a couple of days ago that said, there's even a different plan from what we discussed earlier in the week, and it would split between the G****fruit League and the Cactus League, you know, Arizona and for not, respectively, as we as I just mentioned, and it would change a few things.
One is having to central occasions, and having more opportunities for stadiums to play at would be better than the theory of starting in May and, you know, all action taking place in Arizona.
So that's good news.
We're coming a step in the right direction here.
Two locations is obviously better than one.
But obviously this.
There's still too many flaws to really dig deep in into this and really discuss.
But I wanted to mention a few things in this article.
It said, You know, the normal playoffs and everything else would stay virtually the same.
But they might add, you know, two teams for each side, which would make it more competitive for both, you know, conferences.
And they also are debating on implementing a universal D H, which we discussed in the past.
You know, that is, you know, that has a good chance of happening anyways, regardless of these crazy cir***stances.
So that could be a change implemented for the short term that ends up being permanent.
So, uh, that's just the long, wind winded way of kind of laying out the few options that have been mentioned thus far.
And we haven't even really discussed the idea that we might be able to, you know, start playing in stadiums soon.
You know, home stadiums, as we normally would and just, you know, maybe play with little to no Spectators or, you know who knows what's gonna happen between now and then.
But I'm on these assumptions just basing everything on a July 1 start date and going forward that way.
So if you broke it down, the season starts in July 1 and you say, You know, Major League Baseball is going to want to get in as many games as possible, but they can't be outlandish, so they can't, you know, have double the amount of games every week because it's just not going to be possible if the injury, you know, Playerssafety that the players union isn't going to agree to that.
You know, there's so many things logistically that just wouldn't work that way.
So that being said they could increase the total number of games to about, let's say, an average of seven games a week, so there should be less days off four teams.
But I would expect that means if you're playing every day and you might even have a couple doubleheaders on the weekends to make up games, that puts us right around between 81 games and 100 games for the season, and I personally would love it.
I mean, who wouldn't love a shortened MLB season? We've all been clamoring for it anyways.
I think the seasons too long to begin with.
So shortening it would just make things way more intense and fun to watch.
And every night would be important because you wouldn't have that long stretch of games to make up.
I mean, if you fall behind early, you're out of the race.
It's gonna be pretty hard to get yourself back into it so these teams can't afford toe.
You go on these long extended losing streaks and make these miraculous comebacks Towards the end of the year, every game is going to be important.
It's going to be, you know, maybe not as intense is college football or the NFL, but still intense, nonetheless and and exciting stretch of games here to look forward to.
So that being said, the more games in less days, less games off for the teams, I think is going to mean extended expanded rosters and Maur players getting Maur days off throughout the week.
I think it's going to, you know, bring an advantage to those teams that have a ton of debt and a ton of, you know, uh, bench pieces, too.
You know, those teams that have good splits, hitters, lefty righty matchups that can play those constantly that those teams, we're going to benefit their The teams that are also going to benefit are the ones that have lengthened staffs pitching staffs.
So whether that be, you know, there's two different kind of lost philosophies you could go with you could go with.
You know, some teams were talking about implementing a six man rotation as opposed to a five man rotation.
Some teams were talking about how they'll stick with the five man rotation, but be Maur apt to go to the bullpen quicker.
You know, the starting pitcher struggles.
They're not gonna give them the leash to get out of certain certain situations.
They're gonna bring in the bullpen, you know, try to shorten the game and, you know they might have toe, you know, utilize their bullpen pretty frequently.
So there's that side of things, or you could even have teams just running their guys into the ground, you know, they know that their guys are more skillful and better players than the other team as and given the fact that it's a shortened season, they're just going to, you know, load up on their stud guys and really put the burden on them tow.
You know, be pitching every 45 days, you know, be out in the field constantly, not give them days off those types of things.
So it'll be interesting what kind of managerial philosophies these coaches have.
I honestly think baseball managers don't have that much impact on the game other than pitching changes constantly.
And But I think this shortened season will really okay benefit those teams in those managers that are able to strategically find an advantage over their opponents.
So those are the types of things to look out for.
You know, it's gonna be one or the other philosophy, and, you know, we'll see which one plays you know, has the upper hand.
But it could be, you know, the Rays and other types of teams that have implemented starters out of the bullpen that have started the 1st 2 innings at the game and then bringing in the starting pitching, Uh, you know, guy Thio, you go innings three through seven and then bring in the back end of the bullpen for 89 You know, just paying attention to how teams are implementing.
These things are going to be very important.
And I do think, uh, you know, those teams that have the best depth, the best pitching depth and the most flexibility for, um, a roster perspective and the smartest, the smartest managers that are able to navigate this are going to be the ones that benefit the most.
So those are, you know, some of the things I can see changing in baseball.
The Universal D.
H is very interesting.
That's going to change quite a bit.
You won't have so many pinch hitters all the time.
You know you'll have.
You won't have guys coming in and out of the games constantly.
But then again, maybe you will.
You know, maybe, instead of giving guys off every four days to rest their bodies since they're gonna be playing more frequently.
Maybe you only let him play, you know, six innings.
Maybe you start the game with the lower tier guys, give them a few innings, give the starters some rest, and then you put them in towards the end of the game.
You know, maybe the last six innings you play the starters and maybe they're in there till the end.
The other thing that's going to be very fascinating in this shortened season with all the resource is and change is that these teams are gonna have to make what's gonna happen to extra inning games.
That's going to be crazy.
You know, you're gonna have, uh, hitters, position players pitching pretty frequently towards the end of these games because they don't want to exhaust all the resource of the bullpen.
Er that either that or you're going to see players floating up and down between the miners and majors quite often.
So it might even help benefit those teams that have a pretty deep minor league system that can bring those guys up and count on them for short spurts and short periods of time to get them through the, uh, you know, long stretch of games in a row.
You know, if you have seven games in a row, no days off, you might call up a minor leaguer for the week or something like that.
So those were just you know things to think about.
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Uh, I will continue on here by saying Sri keenness players streaking.
This is going to be very important because you're not gonna be ableto have these players go on these extended droughts.
I don't think these managers are gonna put up with it.
They're not gonna let them go, you know, over 31 continue to put them out every because every game is going to be way more important than 162 games.
You're not gonna be able to make up the ground.
So I think, you know, having those players that aren't extremely streaky and are just consistently giving you production, Whether or not it's elite production or not, I think having that four of consistent production is going to be very helpful for managers.
And I think they're going to steer towards those types of players and take a little less risk because they know that they don't have many games that play for now.
On the other end of the spectrum, you're going to see some managers take extreme risk, especially those that maybe are going into the season.
With the lesser talented team expected to finish at the bottom of the division.
You know what do you have to lose? You might as well play some young guys.
Give some guys a chance, see what they can do, those types of things.
So I think you'll have.
You know, you'll see managers on the lower end of things taking some more chances and maybe some of those teams that are projected to finish at the top of the division maybe be a little less risky so that shrieking this element is going to be important to pay attention to him.
We'll see what types of players you are going to succeed in what aren't similar to the street *****.
There are certain players that I like to call tinkers, and the Reds have to specifically.
One is Joey Votto and one is Trevor Bauer.
Now those guys tinker with their mechanics so much or they try certain things here and there for an extended period of time.
And if it doesn't work, they go back to their old process or vice versa.
Those guys, they're very intelligent and have great baseball. I Q.
In over the long haul.
You know, it works out for them because they, you know, have the wherewithal to put things together and really figure things out in.
You know, if they are struggling, they're able to make those changes, and in the long run, it normally works out.
But in the shortened season, it could change things a little bit with those players that tinker just a little too much.
Because, let's be honest, you're gonna be pressing.
If you're struggling right off the gate, you're going to see some matters pressing a little bit more than they used to.
You're going to see some pictures pressing a little bit more, you know, maybe pitching around the corners too much and, you know, not trusting their stuff.
They're gonna try toe, you know, locate too much, and then they're going thio, you know, maybe try to put too much spin on it, or whatever you wanna call it.
They're just going to be, you know, ah, lot of tinkering back and forth and those players that are able to adapt like that and not tinker too much to screw things up.
Well, almost like my golf swing.
I make one little minor, you know, change and the golf swing and it completely, you know, screws me up for three weeks in a row.
And then I have to try to change things back the way it used to be to get me back on track and everything else.
You know, there's gonna be players that are getting in their own heads because they're pressing because the shortened season, they're gonna be forced to do that.
So those players that have the mental resolve to get through those stretches and just be ableto, you know, stay the course you know, continue with their process.
That's always worked.
I think those are the types of players that are going to succeed, succeed the most and maybe have a little bit of an advantage in the shortened season.
Next, uh, you know, just some elements that maybe aren't in the players control I wanted to discuss.
How are they going to react to? Maybe not.
Playing is in front of his many fans.
Are they going to be less nervous, more nervous.
You know, some players thrive under those cir***stances.
Other players get too tense under those cir***stances that might benefit from not having as many fans in the stands.
You know, if they're playing at the spring training facilities, these stadiums don't hold as many fans as they are used, used to playing in front of so some players that will play to their advantage and other others that it won't.
So thinking about things like that will be interesting.
You know, they're not that comfortable playing at the stadiums.
Sure, they play at the stadiums that few times in the sprint in spring training, but spring trainings only, you know, a month or two along normally.
And they don't get to play at the stadiums as much as they normally would.
So really figuring out the dimensions of those stadiums.
If we're not playing on home ballparks and we're playing in Arizona and Florida for the majority of the games, you know those are things to think about as well.
And then the other thing to think about our veteran leadership, you know, these young guys, they don't really know what to expect the veterans maybe do so.
That element of being able to adapt more frequently and better than a young guy might or vice versa.
Maybe young guys, you know, ignorance is bliss.
They just go out there and they play no pressure.
And you know that the older guys have a tendency to not be able to adjust dismal Basma much.
And, you know, maybe they're not used to things, so maybe they take Cem.
You know, uh, they have some peaks and valleys that they're not used to because they're just playing in surroundings and, you know, just everyday life that they're gonna be, you know, not going home to their families.
They're going to be secluded.
They're going to be, you know, some of that's gonna wear on these players.
So, like I said earlier, the mental resolve of these players are going to really show, you know, uh, who's going to be successful and who's not in the shortened season.
So those were just the types of things that you think about, and then you also have to think about, you know, like what? What kind of baseball are we going to eat? You know, seeing this year.
Last year it was the bouncy ball that rabbit ball, as they like to call it, because you know, there's science that proves that the baseball was changed last year and it resulted in a lot more home runs and those types of things.
So, you know, what kind of baseball are we gonna get? So I would like Thio.
Look at those types of things I'd also like to look at.
You know, if we do go into a season in July, we're gonna probably go back in June for another spring training and pick up where they left off, where they all had to go home and be Corentin with their families.
You know, those that the types of players that were working on, maybe new pitches that haven't had that time to work with the coaching staff, you know, really paying attention to the spring training games.
Whereas I would normally not really be paying attention.
I'm interested in seeing those types of players that are working on a new pitcher.
Maybe has have adjusted something in their batting stance or, you know, those types of things were they? They were going into the season in a normal season looking to make an adjustment and see how it worked.
They're not gonna have time to see if it works much.
So, you know, seeing how they react in spring training is going to be, you know, a good tell tale, and, well, maybe show us, you know, which players are going to be able to be successful in adding the extra pitch or changing those mechanics and being able to implement that in a short season in which ones might have to abandon that and go back to their old ways.
So those are all just a ton of different things to think about.
I'm sure there are hundreds of other things that I haven't even touched the surface on and probably couldn't even begin to think about.
Maybe you guys would have some ideas.
You know, if you do shoot me a message on Twitter at J.
Crockett 24 make sure you're keeping the discussion going, and, uh, I want to see what ideas you guys have.
What do you think's going to change about the new condensed shortened MLB season? You know, God willing, we actually have an MLB season.
I you know, At some point, I wonder if they'll scrap it altogether.
But these hypotheticals are still fun to play around with.
And I thought it would be interesting to really dig into seeing what a shortened MLB season would look like.
And I'm here for, Let me tell you that the excitement of a shortened season is what I've been hoping for for a couple of years now, and I'm fascinated to see how that would play out in the intensity in some of these games.
The other things not being talked about is, you know, the Astros were the talk of the town a couple months ago.
I wonder if that's died off or whether we'll pick that back up.
Teams will start hating on them and throwing at them and all that kind of stuff.
But that juice is kind of died, so I wonder if you know they might get lucky and all of this and they might be forgotten about.
But we will see So like I said, there's just so many different elements that you could discuss on this idea of a shortened Major League baseball season.
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