We've got a few news items for you to look over on this Friday morning, so grab your next cup of coffee and take a look at what's going on right now in baseball.
Hundreds of Minor Leaguers cut
ESPN's Jeff Passan reported yesterday that hundreds of minor league players had been cut from their teams, with many more cuts expected in the coming days and weeks. His sources said many of these players would have been cut at the end of Spring Training, but the large amount of players being released now signals the worst for MiLB.
Minor League teams have wondered when or if they will have a 2020 season, and Passan reports that many have started laying off front office workers in anticipation of the season being canceled. Meanwhile, players who have not been released yet are anxiously waiting news from their club.
All of this comes just days after the Oakland A's decided to no longer pay their Minor League players.
Minor League Baseball may never look the same as MLB still plans to reduce the number of teams by contracting 42 franchises. Suffice it to say MiLB is in a really tough spot right now.
CPBL games face rainouts upon rainouts
If you listened to my interview with Mark Buckton of the Taiwan Times last week, you heard him say that it's currently the rainy season in the country. Due to that, the CPBL has struggled to get any games on the field recently.
Every game except for two was postponed last week, and they've had to postpone three so far this week. For a league that is trying to keep the momentum and popularity that it has gotten so far this year, that's not good.
With the KBO on ESPN these days and the NPB in Japan starting next month, the CPBL needs all the help they can get to keep viewers' attention, including help from Mother Nature.
ICYMI: New Jersey brewery takes dig at the Astros with new beer
If you didn't see my story on this yesterday, check it out here. A New Jersey brewery is releasing a new beer that makes fun of the Astros' cheating scandal, and fans can't get enough of it.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.