7/27: Start Spreading the Virus?

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The Phillies just spent three days hosting the Marlins, who have had four positive virus tests in the last few days. Are any Phillies players infected? That’s the subplot to tonight’s 7:05 game.
J.A. Happ, who boasts a 19-8 record in his brief Yankee career, will face Jake Arrietta, 18-19 in the first two years of his $75M deal. Jake has not appeared in a regular season game since August 11 due to surgery on his right elbow. He is pitching for his next contract this summer.
No national TV unless you count ESPN+. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
 

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Yeah, not ideal to be hitting the visiting clubhouse in Philly right after Miami did. I guess we'll see.
 

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What is MLB's quarantine policy for players who have come in contact with a person who has tested positive? Seems like a lot of Phillies (and obviously Marlins) players should be quarantining for a while, no?
 

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What is MLB's quarantine policy for players who have come in contact with a person who has tested positive? Seems like a lot of Phillies (and obviously Marlins) players should be quarantining for a while, no?
Joel Sherman wrote about the Marlins for today’s Post:

 

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I predicted no more than 50% chance they could pull off a 60 game season. We're not going to get through one week. Manfred comes out looking even weaker and incompetent.
The virus kicked Trump’s ass. Now it is going after pro sports. You can’t beat the virus!

Yanks are bringing their own clubhouse people to Philly tonight. Plus two tons of Purell.
 

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The virus kicked Trump’s ass. Now it is going after pro sports. You can’t beat the virus!

Yanks are bringing their own clubhouse people to Philly tonight. Plus two tons of Purell.
For political reasons the entire establishment, with the complicity or most health administrators downplayed the air transmissability of this virus as it made it seem more controlable. Most are not getting it through touching anything. As the NY Times wrote this weekend it's exploding up and down the length of the Amazon in Brazil this week....that's not from touching the boats....
 

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For political reasons the entire establishment, with the complicity or most health administrators downplayed the air transmissability of this virus as it made it seem more controlable. Most are not getting it through touching anything. As the NY Times wrote this weekend it's exploding up and down the length of the Amazon in Brazil this week....that's not from touching the boats....
This is where the virus meets the Game Thread. Virus wins. I think the season is doomed. And maybe we live the rest of our lives dealing with the virus, the way two generations dealt with polio.
 

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This is where the virus meets the Game Thread. Virus wins. I think the season is doomed. And maybe we live the rest of our lives dealing with the virus, the way two generations dealt with polio.
and, interestingly, now the most famous person who motivated The March of Dimes (my god what has inflation done to our society...) probably did not have polio. They are now virtually certain FDR was an early extreme case of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

And the Yankees game is now 'postponed'...I just keep depressing you Terry....
 

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and, interestingly, now the most famous person who motivated The March of Dimes (my god what has inflation done to our society...) probably did not have polio. They are now virtually certain FDR was an early extreme case of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

And the Yankees game is now 'postponed'...I just keep depressing you Terry....
2020 is the real problem, Coup. You are just a fly buzzing around my head.
 

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Fly ? You need to see an ophthalmologist, I'm way too big to buzz these days...
We’re all bugs on the Internet.

Seriously, it feels like the season is over. I see folks wanting to blame Manfred for not having a plan. Nonsense. The coronavirus is unbeaten this season, and nasty. Facing Covid-19 is like fighting Rocky Marciano in his prime.

This hurts the Yankees and any other team that could have won the World Series this year. And it hurts the Red Sox, who could have carved out great draft positioning with a last-place finish.
 

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Manfred did have a plan: He knew what his owners wanted, he stalled and negotiated in bad faith until he could impose what he knew the owners demanded. The next strike appears to be guaranteed now. The good news is, in the short term what this does is pound another huge nail into Donny's coffin...every day it's hammered home that nothing is quickly returning to 'normal'. See ? I finally found a message that won't depress you....
 

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Manfred did have a plan: He knew what his owners wanted, he stalled and negotiated in bad faith until he could impose what he knew the owners demanded. The next strike appears to be guaranteed now. The good news is, in the short term what this does is pound another huge nail into Donny's coffin...every day it's hammered home that nothing is quickly returning to 'normal'. See ? I finally found a message that won't depress you....
I thought you meant Mattingly for a second!
 

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If they do end up playing Tuesday, I think there's a good chance they just skip Happ and start Cole on full rest. This would allow them to 1) keep Cole on track to pitch his next four starts all against TB/BOS and 2) make it that much harder for Happ to hit his vesting option numbers, which he and NY are still in negotiations about.
 

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If they do end up playing Tuesday, I think there's a good chance they just skip Happ and start Cole on full rest. This would allow them to 1) keep Cole on track to pitch his next four starts all against TB/BOS and 2) make it that much harder for Happ to hit his vesting option numbers, which he and NY are still in negotiations about.
What if they next play on Wednesday?
 

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They had Montgomery set for Wednesday but I assume they are going to start Cole as much as possible, especially after only throwing 75 pitches in the opener.