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Pat Neshek of the Oakland A’s in 2012

@PatNeshek @NBCSAthletics #mlb #athletics @Athletics

Major League Baseball appears to be happening in 2020 after all. The shortened season, due to the coronavirus pandemic, will result in a maximum 60-game format. The A’s will report to Oakland for a summer version of Spring Training that is expected to take place at the Oakland Coliseum beginning on July 1. Opening Day will likely be on July 23 or 24. The A’s schedule will be limited solely to teams in the AL West (Angels, Astros, Mariners, and Rangers) and National League West (D-backs, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, and Rockies) for the regular season. The expectation is that the A’s will play 40 games against divisional opponents and 20 games against NL West teams. All games will feature a designated hitter, as MLB is instituting a universal DH as part of the health and safety protocols being put in place for the 2020 season. I’m pretty sure fans will not be allowed at any of the games, even in a socially-distanced fashion.

Happy birthday, Chris Coghlan!

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Chris Coghlan

Two months until 2020 MLB?

Well-used seats @ Fenway Park - 100 years

Maybe, but these 108 year old seats in Fenway Park won’t be filled until 2021 at the earliest.

Yakult Swallows would be opening up at home today

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Tetsuto Yamada, the subject of today’s photo, has been one of the best and most consistent players in Japan over the past six years. Today’s photo is from seven years ago when he was merely mediocre. Since then, he has averaged over 30 home runs a season (and the season is shorter in Japan–just 140ish games instead of 160ish in MLB) and a batting average over .300. In 2015 he was the league MVP when he hit .329, with 38 home runs, and 34 stolen bases.

Wladimir Balentien’s 2013 season

Wladimir Balentien on the Jingu Stadium big screen

@cocobalentien

I never really finished my post from nearly seven years ago about Wladimir Balentien. Coco did go on to break the record, hitting 60 home runs in just 130 games. He ended that year with an .OPS of 1.234. How good is that? Only a handful of MLB players have ever had an .OPS that high in a season. They include Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams.

What’s happened to Coco since? He has continued to play for Yakult, but has never had nearly as good a season. He has hit between 31 and 38 home runs every season since 2013 for the Swallows. This year (2020) he was supposed to play for the Hawks, but the season has been delayed due to the Covid-19 virus.

It’s beginning to look a lot like baseball…

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Mets stars from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s on their Topps baseball cards

@CardboardHistry #mets @wthballs @BSmile @70sBaseball @Topps

Most teams have their first spring training games today (including the Mets).

I took today’s photo back in 2012 at Citi Field in New York. I have no idea if the giant Topps cards continue to adorn the concourse, but I thought it was about the coolest thing I had ever seen.

Here is a photo of the Mets starting lineup on that day in baseball cards.

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