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  • in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134839
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    in reply to: Flagstaff Films #134831
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    in reply to: Former Cardinals in the News #134829
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    Pitching to Tommy Pham, no less…

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134828
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    Can’t argue with this, and we haven’t yet heard from Mo…

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    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134810
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    gscottar, agreed the flights are quicker in division, but my experience is that is less important. More time can burned in checking out of the hotel, traveling to the airport and getting onto the plane (and the same routine reversed at the other end) than on the actual flights themselves. With StL centrally located, they are relatively close to most MLB cities. But having to go to any three or more cities in any given week (if it gets to that) could be a killer.

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    The virus is an unknown. An outbreak at any time could cause a guy who had no plans to opt out to change his mind. I’d be worried about that possibility if I acquired a guy I did not know.

    I did understand your post was on a different subject and time frame. I am not looking that far ahead, but others certainly may want to engage.

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134804
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    To your points, 1964…

    A. Based on the schedule currently, here are the number of games per week already committed for the Cards:

    Week starting Monday, 8/10: 7 games
    8/17: 7 games
    8/24: 6 games
    8/31: 6 games
    9/7: 8 games
    9/14: 9 games
    9/21: 8 games

    Three more games (Cubs series this weekend) must be added, as well as any Pirates games ahead to be lost (Monday + ??).

    So, what is the right maximum of games per week? Has to be at least nine? Ten?

    Expanding rosters further would mean more expense for all owners. May not be an easy sell.

    B. Personally, I have no issue with percentage being used no matter how many or few games are played. It is not like anyone is not already doing the best they can to be fair and play as many games as possible, given reality.

    What wouldn’t be fair is if we accuse them of screwing this up if we don’t come up with the best approach first! 😉

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134800
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    858, I don’t know if you give blood regularly, but if you do, the Red Cross now tests donations for presence of the COVID antibodies. And they tell the donor afterward the result. In my case, it was negative. A positive would have suggested I might have had the virus previously. Nothing is certain, though.

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134798
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    858 said:

    It might not be 60 but the league could very well schedule DH on days off and basically tell the team “too bad”.

    With the first seven games missed already rescheduled, the Cardinals have only three more off days the entire season. And one of those off-days is this Thursday, just four days from now.

    When you consider playing on off days, you have to consider travel for both teams. Unless the two teams were already supposed to meet the day before or the day immediately after the open day, it could mean travel for a “two-game series in one day” – with immediate travel both the night before and the night of the two new games, with other games already scheduled on the days before and after. That would be a real logistical problem – to play what could be four games in three days in three different cities.

    My bigger point is that it is going to be much more complicated than just filling the open days with makeup games.

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134796
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    So Molina did show symptoms, but is apparently not among those hardest hit.

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134794
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    1964, your examples do a good job of illustrating the scheduling problem and how it would seem unfair to require the Cardinals to play so many doubleheaders. However, other posters have suggested that it would not be fair to other teams if the Cardinals are allowed to play fewer games if their winning percentage puts them into the playoffs ahead of other teams that play all 60. Is there some middle ground or will this become a major point of controversy in 2020?

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134793
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    MM3, may you and everyone reading this remain safe!

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134791
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    More Monday news. Note that the Pirates could conceivably still fly in Monday morning and play that night. While perhaps very low odds, it hasn’t yet been officially ruled out.

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134789
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    The implication in the following tweet is really a bad take, IMO.

    The Cardinals are in quarantine. Many players are sick. So the solution is to bring a replacement team of minor leaguers, most of whom are not even on the roster, and start playing? They would have to use minor league coaches, too, since the entire St. Louis staff is in quarantine, as well. This makes absolutely no practical sense.

    When the Cardinals are allowed to reform again, they will add players from Springfield as needed to backfill new IL moves. In the meantime, then yes, the best thing these players can do is to stay away from Busch Stadium and keep practicing in Springfield.

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    The post you put on another thread about more players potentially opting out later this season got me thinking how it could freeze the trade market during the remainder of this season. If I am a team looking to acquire an important player for the final push, I am going to want to know the player will remain and not opt out the day after I acquire him.

    Would any player provide that kind of assurance that he would stay through October given all of the uncertainties with the virus? Would any team risk acquiring a player without such an assurance?

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134783
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    My point made by an epidemiologist… The key points for me are “variable incubation periods” and “no way around waiting it out.”

    in reply to: COVID19 Virus vs Baseball #134781
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    MM3, I am confused by your last post.

    In order for a team to be quarantined, there has to be a for-sure positively sick player or staff member, likely multiples. Those sick persons came into contact with the entire team. No matter how often the other team members are tested in the next 14 days, they may have been infected, but their incubation period may still conclude in the future. In other words, they may come down with the virus even though they tested negative for two days or more – maybe as many as 13 days.

    However, if they return to work inside of 14 days, how do we know there will not be another outbreak from the originally exposed group? Isn’t that what just happened in Milwaukee? They had two straight days of all negatives, then the you-know-what hit the fan.

    P.S. This stringent of an approach is NOT what the MLB Ops Manual calls for.

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    in reply to: Former Cardinals in the News #134769
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    Former Cardinal Sean Gilmartin pitched in one game for the Rays and was then DFAed…

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