Mizzou Baseball Coach Steve Bieser joins me for a quick chat about the NCAA’s decision giving the Tigers eligibility for the postseason in 2021. We talk about the long-term impact on the coronavirus on college baseball, plus he shares his thoughts on Major League Baseball’s 60-game schedule and what we should watch for as fans.
The Nationals say first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross will not play this season for health and safety reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic. D’backs pitcher and former Cardinal Mike Leake has also decided not to play along with Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond. They are the first four MLB players to announce they are opting not to play this year because of the pandemic.
The defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues are back for phase of the NHL’s return to play plan. The playoff will resume in two hub cities and team captain Alex Pietrangelo says separating from family during the playoff run will be the most difficult. Last year’s Stanley Cup MVP Ryan O’Reilly says defending the Cup is always hard, but this year will be more difficult with the restart right into the playoffs.
Mizzou football coach Eli Drinkwitz said last week that the athletic department can follow all the guidelines for limiting exposure to COVID-19 and players are still going to get it.
I feel for universities. They have a much harder task ahead of them in terms of getting ready to play sports than the professional teams. I’ll talk about that on today’s podcast.
What if we find out that adjusting a couple of these rules actually helps the game? Great time to experiment with a shortened season as opposed to waiting to implement in a full 162-game season and then find out a rule change absolutely sucks. That’s what happened with the NFL’s pass interference video review last year.
We take the season for what it is…a sprint to the finish line. Games take on more importance right from the start, no lull in the middle of the season. I’m actually looking forward to it.
What are you so down about baseball fans? The Commish says MLB will play 60 games, there will be NO DH in the National League…what are you worried about? Oh, that the players were spewing a bunch of B.S. about wanting to play? I can understand that. Today we’ll find out just how serious the players are about returning.
MLB has temporarily shut down all spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida after 11 players on big leagues rosters on seven clubs have tested positive for COVID-19 in June.
Nearly a dozen NHL players are self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. The league announced late Friday 11 of 200 players tested since team facilities reopened June 8th are positive. The NHL is still targeting July 10th to start training camps, with games in late July or early August.
A NFL Players Association medical director is advising players to eschew practicing with teammates to thwart coronavirus spreading. Dr. Thom Mayer said in a statement “no players should be” working out together in private sessions. At least 10 teams have reported at least one positive case for the virus. The NFL is working on protocols for players to return to team facilities next month.
I don’t believe the problem is coming from team facilities…the players need to do a better job of following guidelines away from the game.