As a fan, I have reserved myself to the fact that 2020 has likely both temporarily and permanently changed the game of baseball.
The World Series may have been over for the better part of a month now, but that does not mean that professional baseball is done in the year 2020. While the exciting but untraditional 60-game sprint that Major League Baseball hosted this past summer was a short and intense moment of passion for the fans of our national pastime in America, other countries on the other side of the globe have done well to celebrate the game over a longer and more conventional period this year despite the real and stark problems that 2020 has brought us all.
I have to say that when I originally heard this week that Major League Baseball had named White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu as their American League Most Valuable Player, I was a little bit surprised to say the least.
Assumptions could be made that the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal of 2017 should matter most to those that participate within the game. However, after a shortened year of bluster, conflict and near beanballs, it ultimately may seem that on a grander scale, the players, baseball executives and team owners within Major League Baseball actually view these past infractions as more of a non-issue moving forward than one would think.
The new MLB off-season may be less than a week old, but the economic realities of the COVID era that we live in are already taking shape. We are obviously still incredibly early in the process. Front office members and manager’s seats are still being decided and one team has even changed hands at the ownership level. However, the most impactful way that this new reality has manifested itself so far is in the actions teams have taken in relation to picking up or declining contract options for their players.
Here’s a look back at last night’s World Series Game 6, the Cliff Notes version. The elements I thought were impactful or interesting are condensed here for rehashing and conversation. With 24 hours now between us and the game, here’s the obvious, and maybe not so obvious, that sticks out in hindsight: