We're on to city number two in our journey to the baseball towns across Virginia. If you missed our weekend guide to Richmond, check it out here. If you're ready to head west to C'ville, keep reading for some expert recommendations on how to spend your time in Charlottesville, Virginia. (If you want the podcast version of our Charlottesville journey, check it out here.)
Things to Do
One of the most highly-recommended activities in the Charlottesville region is hiking. The city is just a 30-minute drive to the southern end of Shenandoah National Park, or the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you want to pay $30 for a park pass, you can head into Shenandoah and take in all that it has to offer. The pass is good for the next seven days, so if you're staying in the area for a while, it's certainly worth it.
Shenandoah has some phenomenal hikes, including Bearfence Mountain, Old Rag, Whiteoak Canyon and Big Meadows. Make sure to hit at least one of these if you venture into the park.
If you decide to take the free route and head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you've still got some great options. Just about five miles into the drive, you'll come across the Humpback Rock area. This part of the parkway includes a visitor center, historic farm, picnic area and one of the most grueling hikes you can find in the region, but it's absolutely worth it.
The trail is roughly one mile, but climbs 700 feet in elevation in that short distance, making it a tough one to accomplish. Once you get to the top, though, you'll be glad you did.
If you're not so into the outdoor adventures, you can go with some of the more historic options. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Charlottesville and offers tours of the third president's home and grounds. Not too far from Jefferson's dwelling is Ashlawn-Highland, home of President James Monroe. Both are great options for the history-lover in your group.
Depending on the season, head up to Carter Mountain in Charlottesville or nearby Chiles Orchard in Crozet and take your pick of apples, peaches, berries and whatever other fruits are in season. Make sure to stop in one of the Bold Rock taprooms for some refreshments after a hard day in the fields.
Charlottesville has no shortage of craft beer offerings. From Three Notch'd to South Street Brewing in the city, to the multitude of breweries within a 45-minute drive, you can't go wrong with any of the options.
Three Notch'd is one of the biggest craft breweries in Virginia, getting its start in Charlottesville and expanding to Richmond, Roanoke and Harrisonburg. Their offerings include Minute Man and 40 Mile IPAs, Hydraulion Red Ale and all kinds of seasonal and limited release brews. Make sure to include a stop in the Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen and Brewery in your trip to Charlottesville.
South Street Brewery also has some great offerings, including one of my favorite beers of all time, Satan's Pony Amber Ale. They've got a great location adjacent to the downtown mall, so it's an easy stop in for a beer.
If you really want to go big, I recommend booking a tour with Cville Hop on Tours. They have a few different tour options, and within each tour you can choose where you want to stop. Mariah and I went on one a few weeks ago, and we chose the 151 Tour. We stopped at Devil's Backbone, Bold Rock, Silverback Distillery and Blue Mountain Brewery. All of our stops were great, and being driven around by Cville Hop on Tours made our day much more enjoyable when we didn't have to worry about driving ourselves.
Of course, if you're more into wine, the region has some options for you, too. You can make your way to Jefferson, Veritas, King Family, Pippin Hill or Barboursville Vineyards nearby. Any of them would be a good choice for the wine-lover visiting town.
You didn't think we'd tell you about all the great things to do without including baseball did you? If you're visiting town during college baseball season, you can check out a game at the University of Virginia's Davenport Field. The Cavaliers have had plenty of success recently, reaching four College World Series since 2009 and winning the national championship in 2015.
If you're around during the summer, stop in at Cville Weekly Ballpark and take in a Tom Sox game. The Tom Sox are part of the Valley Baseball League, and host college players each summer in a 42-game season, competing against teams from up and down the Valley. The Valley League provides fun, inexpensive, family-friendly entertainment, so make sure to catch a game while you're in town.
Richmond, Virginia is a lively, exciting city, with plenty of activities for people with all interests. Whether you're an outdoors enthusiast, a craft beer or food lover, or a sports fanatic, there is something for you in Virginia's capital.
For our episode of Baseball Across the Commonwealth in Richmond, we spoke with Richmond Flying Squirrels play-by-play broadcast Trey Wilson, Center of the Universe Brewing founder Chris Ray and Richmond Tourism Director of Sports Relations J.C. Poma. Each guest provided us with some valuable insight on what makes Richmond such a great place to visit and how to make the most of your trip to the River City.
No matter what you're interests are, there is something for you to do on a weekend day in Richmond. If you have an adventurous spirit, maybe you want to start your day with a trip down the James River with Riverside Outfitters, as recommended by J.C. Or if you're not into the water scene, perhaps a hike will suffice. Check out Belle Isle, Forest Hill Park or anywhere along the James River Park System.
If you're more in the mood for a leisurely stroll, you could head over to Maymont, a large estate that was once home to James and Sallie Dooley, a wealthy couple who left their home to the city after their passing. Today, Maymont is home to the Dooley's mansion, Italian and Japanese Gardens, and a nature center. Trey recommends visiting Maymont on a nice day in Richmond.
If you're a big history buff, the options are endless. You could head to the aptly-named Museum District and check out the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and check out their signature exhibition, The Story of Virginia. Downtown, there's the American Civil War Museum, housed in the Tredegar Iron Works building. Venture a little further downtown and you'll come across the Canal Walk, featuring signage and landmarks along the way that will illustrate Richmond's industrial history and how the canals came to be.
Food and Drink
So you've spent your morning doing some activities, and you've worked up quite the appetite. No matter where you are in the city, you can find great food, but here are some of the recommendations from our resident experts.
If you're down near the Canal Walk or Civil War Museum, consider walking across the river on the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge. Enjoy the great views of downtown and historic quotes from the Civil War along the way. Once you reach the other side, head over the Legend Brewing (the oldest brewery in the city) for some great beer and equally as great food. Try the Brown Ale, or whatever seasonal beer is on tap at the time.
If you're further west of downtown, head over to the Scott's Addition neighborhood and go to Lunch. Yes, that's the name of the restaurant. Both Trey and J.C. recommended Lunch, which is known for its take on traditional Southern food.
After you've taken in a meal, you're ready to hit the breweries. While there are good breweries all across the city, the highest concentration of them is in Scott's Addition. If you had lunch at Lunch, you're right next to at least 10 different breweries. I would recommend checking out Ardent, The Veil and Bingo Beer Co. If you're a cider fan, you have Buskey and Blue Bee nearby.
If you want to venture outside of the city, you can head a few minutes north to Center of the Universe, which brews the official beer of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. You can't go wrong with any of the options at their taproom.
Try heading east to check out Triple Crossing in Fulton Hill, or make a stop at the east coast facility of California-based Stone Brewing.
Take in a Game at The Diamond
It's been a full day so far, but you didn't think we were going to let you end it without a ballgame did you? End your night with a game at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Squirrels are the AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The team is famous for the fun atmosphere at their games, with their slogan "Have FUNN, Go Nuts!" You'll be entertained in between each inning with on-field games and contest, and there is no shortage of good food. Plus, with the stadium being so close to Scott's Addition, there are plenty of beer options throughout the ballpark. And, as Trey pointed out to us on the podcast, there is a wine offering from nearby New Kent Winery, but be careful - one can of wine does not equal just one glass of wine.
So there you go, all of the activities you'll need to spend a weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Of course, make sure to check each museum, brewery and restaurant's websites or social media pages for their current COVID-19 operating policies, and stay safe and have fun visiting the state capital!
With the 2020 Major League Baseball season over and the offseason getting rolling, I thought now would be a great time to take a look back at our predictions for this strange year in baseball.
Before the MLB season got underway, Trey and I made our predictions for who would win each division, the major awards and the World Series. We also predicted which teams would earn a Wild Card spot from each league, but this was before MLB decided to expand the playoffs to 16 teams, so we won't even bother taking a look at those predictions.
Before we start things off, let's go over the scoring to see who did better when it comes to predictions this year. Trey and I will receive one point for each division winner we pick correctly, two points for each league winner, and three points if we pick the World Series champion correctly.
Now, let's get started with the American League.
Trey and I had the same pick for the winner of the AL East, and we were both ultimately wrong. The Yankees looked strong at times throughout the season, but they couldn't stay consistent long enough to fend off the surging Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay ultimately finished the season with a 40-20 record, best overall in the American League. The Yankees finished second in the division, so it wasn't a terrible pick, but not the right one.
Trey and I differed on the winner of the AL Central. He went with the offensive powerhouse Minnesota Twins, while I chose to throw my support behind the up-and-coming Chicago White Sox.
It looked like I might be right for a while, but the White Sox' poor play late in the season cost them their first-place position and they wound up in third place at the end of the season (but still earned a playoff spot, due to the absurd number of teams that made the postseason this year). The Twins did in fact win the division, so good job on this one Trey.
This might have been Trey's boldest prediction, but we all thought anything could happen going into the season, so why not go big? Trey chose the Los Angeles Angels to win the AL West, mostly because he thought Mike Trout would lead them there. He didn't, and the Angels finished in fourth place with a 26-34 record.
I, meanwhile, chose the Oakland Athletics to overtake the Houston Astros and win their first division title since 2013. Behind a strong bullpen and a powerful lineup, the A's did just that, finishing the season 36-24, seven games ahead of Houston.
We knew we couldn't go wrong with picking the Braves to win their third-straight division title, and they didn't disappoint us. Despite barely being able to put together a rotation this season, Atlanta won the NL East with a 35-25 record, four games ahead of the....Marlins? Yeah, 2020 was weird.
Another division where Trey and I differed on our predictions, and Trey ended up being right this time. The Cubs won the NL Central with a 34-26 record, finishing three games ahead of both the Cardinals and my pick, the Cincinnati Reds, who still earned a postseason berth thanks to the expanded playoffs.
You couldn't go wrong in the NL West this year. You'd have to try really hard to get this pick wrong. The Los Angeles Dodgers repeated again, winning their eighth-straight division title. The Padres challenged them at times, but ultimately LA ended up with a 43-17 record, best in baseball and six games ahead of San Diego.
Trey and I picked the same American League team to make it to the Fall Classic this year, and neither of us were right. We both thought the Yankees would finally get it done, but a very good Tampa Bay team knocked them out in the ALDS in five games. It was an entertaining series, but the Rays just ended up being the better team, and they would ultimately represent the AL in the World Series.
The NL is a different story. Trey picked the Atlanta Braves to make it to the World Series, and while I would have loved it had that actually happened, they were eliminated in the NLCS against the Dodgers. They took it to Game 7, but after being up 3-1 early in the series, they really should have been able to close it out, but that's another story.
I chose the Dodgers to not only make it to the World Series, but they were my predicted winner at the beginning of the season. I knew this Dodgers team was too good to keep failing in the postseason, and this was the year they finally got over the hump and brought a World Series championship back to LA.
After looking at all of our predictions and adding up the points, the final tally is:
Matt: 8 (three division winners, NL winner, WS Champion)
Trey: 4 (4 division winners)
New York Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge has gotten off to a torrid start in the 2020 Major League Baseball season. Judge currently leads the league with nine home runs, 20 RBIs and a .758 slugging percentage. He is seventh in MLB with a 1.101 OPS.
Judge plays for the biggest and most notable team in baseball, and he is one of the hottest players in the league right now. Is that enough to make him the face of Major League Baseball?
Trey Lyle and I discussed this question on today's episode of the Foul Ball Area podcast, and we disagreed.
Yes, Judge is having a great season, and he has the benefit of playing for the most marketable and recognizable team in the country, but he still falls short of becoming the face of baseball.
That honor belongs to Mike Trout.
We've just all gotten so used to how good Mike Trout is, that we sometimes forget how good he is. Trout is currently one spot behind Judge with a 1.064 OPS. He has seven home runs and14 RBIs on the season.
Trout is the active leader and eighth all-time in OPS, with a career 1.0008 OPS. He's not the flashy, in-your-face celebrity that some other baseball players tend to be, but he doesn't have to be. His consistency and his talent are what keep him as the face of America's pastime.
To hear our full discussion on this topic listen to today's episode of the podcast at the 27:42 mark.
Man, this is a tough week for Power Rankings. The teams at the top didn't do much, but they didn't do anything that should cause them to lose any spots. The lower teams were pretty impressive, but I'm not sure if they were impressive enough to overtake the teams ahead of them.
One thing is for sure as we continue on in this strange MLB season: you never know who's gonna get hot each week and make a run at a spot in the Power Rankings.
1. New York Yankees (10-6)
The Yankees went just 2-5 this past week, which isn't great. But they're still 10-6 on the season and in first place in the AL East. As a team, they're second in the league with a .789 OPS, and Aaron Judge looks like he's a lock for AL MVP this season.
2. Atlanta Braves (11-6)
The Braves have been improving bit by bit each week. This past week, they went 4-3, getting blowout wins over the Blue Jays and the Phillies. They have one of the best run differentials in baseball at +27, an although they lost Mike Soroka for the season with a torn achilles, the rest of the rotation has stepped up so far.
3. Oakland Athletics (12-4)
The A's are the hottest team in baseball right now, winning nine straight games. They lead the second-place Texas Rangers in the AL West by five games. The offense needs a little bit of work, but their pitching is third in the league with a 2.66 ERA.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (11-5)
The Dodgers stay put this week after going 4-2 in series against the Padres and the Giants. They do trail the Rockies in the NL West, but they have the best run differential in the league at +41. Their pitching and hitting both rank in the top 4 in MLB. They're not gonna drop much further than fourth this season, if at all.
5. Chicago Cubs (10-3)
The Cubs got an extra few days off after their series with the Cardinals was postponed, but they probably didn't need it. They've been playing really well, a lot better than I expected, and they get to keep their spot at No. 5 in this week's rankings.
6. Minnesota Twins (10-6)
The fearsome lineup that we all heard about going into the season seems to have taken a step back. As a team, the Twins rank 16th in the league with a .713 OPS. Still, they're 10-6 and in first place in the AL Central.
7. Colorado Rockies (11-4)
The Rockies move up a spot this week after staying in first place in the NL West. They went 5-2 this week against the Giants and Mariners and currently rank in the top 10 in both ERA and OPS.
8. San Diego Padres (9-7)
The NL West is well-represented again this week, with the Padres moving up a spot from last week's rankings. Although they lost their series against the Dodgers, they took two of three from the Diamondbacks to round out the week. Fernando Tatis, Jr. is on fire, tying Aaron Judge for the league lead in home runs, and hecould end up being the NL MVP if he keeps it up.
9. Cleveland Indians (10-7)
Cleveland is back this week after winning three of four against the Reds and two of three against the White Sox. With a rotation headlined by Shane Bieber, the Indians lead the league with a 2.04 team ERA. Yet somehow they're still in third place in the AL Central.
10. Chicago White Sox (8-8)
This might be a controversial pick, especially since the White Sox are in fourth place in the AL Central and I left out the second-place team (seriously, how are the Tigers in second place?), but I have to go with the Sox again. This team is so full of talent that it's just a matter of time before they move on up in both the rankings and the standings.
Trey's Power Rankings
1. Yankees (10-6)
A rocky week for the Yankees that saw them go 5-5 in their last ten games. Granted, the Yankees had to play a lot of games this week to make up a series with the Phillies which, had a doubleheader and a series with the Rays that had a doubleheader. So the large number of games had to be taking even on a great bullpen. Have to see what happens to the Stanton injury
2. Dodgers (11-5)
Dodgers are looking the like the team we all expected to be the favorites coming into the season. With a plus 41 run differential, the team is starting to flex its muscles over the rest of the league.
3. A's (12-4)
The hottest team in baseball is the Oakland Athletics, winners of nine straight, including a sweep of the Houston Astros. The A’s have looked great so far with a plus 23 run differential. The A’s are creating a significant lead in the division now up to five games in the AL West. The A’s have to be favorite now to win the division.
4. Braves (11-6)
Braves have looked great all year and continued that this week 7-3 in their last ten games. A big plus for the Braves is Ronald Acuna Jr. is starting to get going, including a 3-hr performance in Sunday’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
5. Cubs (10-3)
Cubs have continued their winning ways this week, despite losing their series with the Cardinals this weekend. Winning eight of their last ten, the Cubs now have a four-game lead in baseball’s hardest division.
6. Rockies (11-4)
The Rockies are for real folks, another great week for them that included two series wins for the team that is currently in first place in the NL West. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this up, but I think the Rockies now have a real shot of making the postseason.
7. Twins (10-6)
Twins fall on this week rankings after losing four straight games, including a getting swept by the Royals. Despite that, the Twins are still in first place and will be looking to bounce this week.
8. Rays (8-8)
After a bad start to the season, the Rays have seemed to find their rhythm this week, getting back to .500. The Rays will still have some work to do but still seem to be well on their way to the playoffs this season.
9. Marlins (7-3)
So Im ranking the team that almost ended the baseball season, but they are in first place right now and had a great week, which included a four-game sweep on Orioles. Do I think this will last? Probably not.
10. Padres (9-7)
Matt had the Padres in his top 10 last week and, I welcome them in my ranking this week. Mainly because they have the hottest player in baseball in Fernado Tatis Jr., who has hit over .400 and six homers over this past week, the Padres could surprise some people and sneak into a wild card sport in what appears to be a loaded NL West.
We're now over a week into the 2020 MLB season, and we're starting to see which teams are real contenders and which teams are going to struggle a bit. Of course, with all of the COVID-19 postponements going on around the league, some teams are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to this week's rankings, but that's just how things have shaken out so far.
1. New York Yankees (7-1)
The Yankees are the only one-loss team in Major League Baseball thus far, and they're looking really good. They battled some adversity when their schedule got switched around last week, but they handled it well and have won six straight. Aaron Judge is back to form, homering in his last five games, including two last night.
2. Minnesota Twins (7-2)
The Twins have arguably the best lineup in all of baseball, and it's led them to this hot start. They have a run differential of +22, second in the league to the Dodgers, and I don't see them slowing down any time soon.
3. Atlanta Braves (7-3)
The Braves currently have a five-game win streak and sit in first place in the NL East. Their week started with a rough couple of games against the Rays, but they won the next two games of that series before taking three straight against the Mets.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-3)
The Dodgers fall in this week's rankings, but not so much because of anything they've done wrong. There's just a lot of good teams out there. The Dodgers currently have the best team ERA at 1.84 and are sixth in team OPS. They should find themselves staying in the top four throughout the season.
5. Chicago Cubs (7-2)
The Cubs are a surprising team to me. I didn't expect them to be this good this year, let alone so early in the season. They've won three straight and are currently in first place in the NL Central, 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers.
6. Houston Astros (5-4)
The Astros stay put this week. They're still looking good, but nothing too impressive from them over the past seven days.
7. Oakland A's (5-4)
Like the Astros, the A's aren't making any moves this week. They've won a few games, but weren't impressive enough to move on up in the rankings.
8. Colorado Rockies (6-2)
Another surprising team in this week's rankings, the Rockies are in first place in the NL Central. Their pitching has been outstanding so far this season, but it will be interesting to watch how that changes once they play more games at home at Coors Field.
9. San Diego Padres (6-4)
The Padres gain a spot this week after splitting a couple of series with the Giants and Rockies. The NL West is well-represented in this week's rankings, and is making a case to be the best division in baseball.
10. Chicago White Sox (5-4)
The White Sox were my dark horse team to watch at the beginning of the season, and it's starting to pay off. They've won four straight on their way to overtaking the Indians for second place in the AL Central. Their young core of Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez will carry them far this season.
1. Yankees (7-1)
What a week for the Yankees, their four-game series with the Phillies get postponed, they make two of those games up with the Orioles and end their week with their biggest rival in the Red Sox. What do they do? They get two sweeps, now on a six-game win streak, the hottest team in baseball. The Yankees also have the hottest play in baseball with Aaron Judge, who has hit a home run in the last five games and 6 in total.
2. Dodgers (7-3)
Dodgers seem to have found their rhythm this week again. They currently have won 5 of their last six games, including a sweep of a two-game series with the Houston Astors in maybe the most exciting matchup of the week. The Dodgers got a big boost came on Sunday when Clayton Kershaw made his season debut and looked great pitching 5.2 scoreless innings.
3. Braves (7-3)
The Braves have quietly won five games in a row, including a sweep of the New York Mets. Ronald Acuna Jr. seems to find his rhythm hitting his first home run this past weekend. With all of the craziness going on in the NL East, the Braves looked primed to build a big early lead in the division.
4. Twins (7-2)
The Twins have continued to look like the Class of the NL central, only losing one game this week and sweeping the Cardinals. A definite favorite in the AL Central the Twins, focus will still be on the postseason and trying to make a deeper run into the postseason.
5. Cubs (7-2)
Cubs are winners of three straight, sweeping the Pirates this past weekend. Quickly becoming the Class of the NL with a 2.5 game lead in the Central over the Brewers, the Cubs looking like they are ready to make it back to the postseason.
6. Astros (5-4)
The Astros had an ok week, they did get swept by the Dodgers, but then took two of three from the Angels. The Astros have looked inconsistent this season as some points and just seems they have not found their rhythm yet.
7. A's (5-4)
Another team that we expected look better out of the gate, the A’s got swept by the Rockies then took two of three from Seattle this past week. The A’s offense has not been that good to start posting a negative two-run differential so far this year, so that will need to improve, or this team could quickly fall out of the top 10.
8. Rockies (6-2)
With a 60 game season and an expansion of the postseason, it created an expectation that a new no one was expecting to compete was going to come on the scene and contend. Hello, the Colorado Rockies. I know it is early, but Rockies have looked great so far with their sweep of the A’s this week and taking two of three from the Padres. The Rockies might keep on surprising people as this season goes on.
9. White Sox (5-4)
A team that had big expectations coming in as a team that could win the AL central. The White Sox didn’t get the start they wanted, and it put them in the hole. The team has bounced back to win four straight games and looks to find their place in a comparative AL Central.
10. Nationals (3-4)
The Nats did not play many games this week, since their series with the Marlins got canceled due to COVID-19. I kept them on here because they are defending champs and look to start to find their rhythm before their games got postponed due to the Miami Marlins situation.
Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET
The Philadelphia Phillies announced today that a member of their coaching staff and a member of the home clubhouse staff have each tested positive for COVID-19. The team has shut down all activities at Citizens Bank Park today until further notice.
No Phillies players have tested positive since the team hosted the Marlins in a three-game series during Opening Weekend. The Marlins are up to 17 positive cases now, and spent the weekend in Citizens Bank Park.
Due to the outbreak within the Marlins organization, their home series against Baltimore and Washington were cancelled this week. The Phillies were supposed to host the New York Yankees in Philadelphia this week, but that series was cancelled as well.
The Phillies were supposed to be back in action on Saturday, playing a doubleheader against the Blue Jays in Philadelphia. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said this afternoon that series has been postponed, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.
Now it seems as if the Phillies will be off at least through the weekend, while the Blue Jays are scrambling to figure out their next steps.
While it's good news that no players have tested positive, the team is being cautious now that two members of the staff have tested positive. I'm no epidemiologist and I certainly don't know much about medicine, but due to the unusually long incubation period of this virus, it could be possible that it was spread to the Phillies players and just hasn't been detected yet.
Obviously, I hope that's not the case, but with the situation MLB is in, I think they have to be as cautious as they can, and keep up the testing until they are absolutely sure that there are no positive cases within the Phillies' roster. If we end up with another outbreak like the Marlins, it could derail the entire season.
Following last night's incident between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly and manager Dave Roberts have each received suspensions from MLB. Kelly's suspension is for eight games, which he will appeal. Robert will serve a one-game suspension during tonight's game at Houston.
Astros' manager Dusty Baker received a fine for the incident.
The hard feelings between Los Angeles and Houston obviously stem from the Astros' sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season. The Astros beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, although there's conflicting evidence on whether the team was stealing signs during the Series.
In last night's game, Kelly - who was not a member of the Dodgers during the 2017 season - threw multiple pitches high and inside at Astros' batters, including one that sailed behind Alex Bregman's head on a 3-0 count. After he struck out Carlos Correa later in the same inning, Kelly and Correa had words for each other, which ultimately resulted in a benches-clearing...incident.
It's not really a fight or a brawl, especially with social distancing in place, but it was an exciting moment in the game. Here's a complete breakdown of everything that happened between Kelly and the Astros.
The actions here seem to warrant a suspension, but eight games might be a little much. Ken Rosenthal pointed out that eight games in a 60-game season is equivalent to 22 games in a 162-game season. That's a little harsh.
Pretty much everyone expected this kind of thing to happen between the Dodgers and Astros, and in a normal year we'd probably get an actual fight. Of course, it'd be nice to have fans in the stadium as well during these tense games, but we'll have to take what we can get.
When you sign a baseball-sized contract, it makes sense to get into the baseball business. After Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed his 10 year, $503 million contract, the Kansas City Royals announced today that Mahomes is joining their ownership group.
"The Kansas City Royals today welcomed the newest member of the team's ownership group, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes," the Royals statement reads.
"We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise," said John Sherman, Chairman and CEO, and principal owner. "Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become an extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field."
Mahomes has a history with baseball. His father pitched in the Major Leagues from 1993 to 2002. Mahomes was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 MLB draft, but decided to pursue football instead.
The choice seems to have worked out for him, as the 24-year-old has already become an NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion, in addition to signing a record-breaking contract.
Updated at 10:41 a.m.
Well I hope you all enjoyed the first weekend of the 2020 MLB season, because it looks like it's downhill from here. The Miami Marlins' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles tonight has been cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak in the Marlins' clubhouse.
Reports came out yesterday that four Marlins players had tested positive. Now this morning before the team was able to travel back to Miami, multiple reports came out that as many as 14 players and coaches had tested positive.
Where do we go from here?
No one is quite sure. Is the whole series cancelled or just tonight's game? Will they make up the series or is it just cancelled altogether?
The league also has to think about how far this could go. The Marlins just finished up a series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Yankees are supposed to start a series there tonight. Should they Yankees skip out on that series out of cautiousness and not wanting to be in the same clubhouse the Marlins just spent the weekend in?
According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, that's exactly what they'll do as he is reporting that tonight's game between the Yankees and Phillies has now been cancelled.
Everyone knew that some kind of outbreak was bound to happen at some point, but this early in the season was unexpected. MLB was extremely ambitious in trying to play its season at home ballparks and with travel. The NHL and NBA have adopted hub cities and bubble approaches, something that the MLB should have considered a little more seriously before going ahead with the 2020 season.
We'll have to wait and see what happens next, but it's not looking promising for MLB.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.