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  1. The logic of running and changing directions quickly on a slick surface are still very much applicable here. I wasn't trying to say it's deal breaker or there weren't ways to deal with it. I just thought it was pretty trite to ask for statistical evidence to support that running on slick surfaces could be dangerous.
  2. Something along those lines are likely to happen. Forget ticket sales. The MLB is going to lose TV money as well as fans. Baseball was dying after the strike in 1994. Steroids actually were what saved the game which was why it was hard for upper management to really speak out against it until years later. So yeah get ready for empty stadium games at one of if not both of the spring training sites.
  3. Me too.... Anyone or any group with money can pretty much be an owner. Not everyone can play major league baseball and most that can are lucky if they even get a 10 year window. The league should stop catering to the owners. The MLB should be leveraging the owners on behalf of the players. The NBA took the Clippers from Donald Sterrling. Just pose a if you want to make the kind of money MLB owners make you adhere to our rules. Not the other way around. Hell most of the stadiums are tax payer funded anyway so screw the owners.
  4. Indeed... It's just sad that they get to keep winning the way that they do. The draft is already being cut to 5-10 rounds. Crushing hundreds of players dreams. And for what? To save the 5-25K you're going to pay to sign those kids? The draft cut alone is nothing short of a national tragedy. Back in the 90s teams could pick as many players as they wanted I remember the Yankees drafted 100 players one year.
  5. Not a huge tennis fan but the NBA does pay people to wipe the court down after it gets wet with sweat.
  6. This is utter BS to me. Now owners get to weasel out of money they owe? Why? Because they aren't making as much money? What happened to risk? Why is it that these people get to claim they make as much money as they do because of the risks they take but every time risk comes around they cash in on the workers? This goes far beyond just baseball as well.
  7. Where was there any official statement on this? As far as I've seen it's been "we don't really know we are working through ideas". I've yet to see Tony Clark or any MLB official come out and say it is one way or another. Also to your post before this one neither Trout and Kershaw said they wouldn't do it. They both just reasonably expressed warranted skepticism. I watched the interviews the head lines were blowing it way out of proportion to try to create the drama and click bait they need.
  8. Don't worry it is highly unlikely the 2020 baseball season gets canceled. There have already been extensive talks about playing in empty Arizona. They've also been talking about scrapping AL / NL for this year and just doing Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues so everyone plays out of their spring training facilities. I also read the other day that Florida already declared The WWE an essential service (yeah pretty crazy but it's a good sign for baseball in 2020). So Florida is already gearing to get going again. So I'm sure the state government would welcome and accommodate the Grapefruit League games as soon as possible.
  9. They may test run robot strike zone if they have to start the season in empty spring training facilities.
  10. Are test kits so scarce they aren't testing the dead bodies? You'd think they'd eventually get counted into the stats.
  11. From what I've seen and I check worldmeters at least a few times a day seems that states do a daily reporting. I have seen NY do updates throughout the day but the last couple of days its seemed to be a 1 day reporting. All the states vary to when they report while it seems the east coast reports sooner a lot of times NY and CA are both 2 of the first states to report.
  12. All of this is final? The players are getting screwed so hard...
  13. The mortality rate in America has been rising despite testing being more available. It was in the 1.1% - 1.4% range for days. When I checked this morning it was at 1.9% now it is up to 1.98%. Globally the death rate is at 4.9% (albeit missing many asymptomatic / mild symptom) the overall global death rate has been trending higher while testing has been greatly increasing. For over a week straight was in bouncing around between 3.0% - 3.5% and it's just steadily rose from there. This trend could get quite a bit worse once hospitals start hitting and exceeding capacity. We have to see how dedicated everyone continues to be with social distancing. As well as we have to see how creative cities and states get with testing and make shift hospitalization. Drugs to treat it will also help get people out of the hospital depending on how efficient they are. But the main problem I hear doctors fear is that we could eventually run out of ventilators. Also here's where I pull my numbers from. Seems to be the most accurate I've found. Has state by state breakdowns on it too. As well as all the other countries.
  14. That and if you don't drink or drive late at night your chances of dying in a car accident are astronomically smaller than the overall whole statistic of % of people who die in car accidents. Also when operating a vehicle you have some sense of control to somewhat maneuver your own fate. The only thing you can control about catching covid is to isolate and execute good hygiene after the times you had to leave the house. Otherwise you're just a percent chance floating around out there.
  15. If they're going to cut the rounds than I would think players association should argue signing bonuses should be increased drastically.
  16. Are we still so sure he's better than Skubal? Prospect rankings clearly say so but personally I wouldn't trade my Skubal straight up for Mize just based on the upside end of the two players.
  17. Paredes is by far the best on this list. I know there's a lot of shiny new toy hype surrounding Heriberto Hernandez but he is not anywhere near Paredes right now. Paredes will hit the bigs this year even in a shortened season.
  18. I'm probably late to answer this but honestly it all really depends on league settings. I personally am super high on Lux. Puk could skyrocket back up the charts once he's healthy and back on track. Is Riley, Riley Green? If so I'd rather just keep the youth personally. Especially with the season being shortened.
  19. I find it to be kind of an oxymoron that Americans are coming together by staying away from each other. I will now leave you with the song oxymoronic which breaks down a lot of what is wrong with our medical industry through the loved pun:
  20. Ahh my mistake I missed that. So let me change my number 4. 4. It should be tracking overall hospitalization rate and we should be watching that number grow towards our hospitals capacity. Once it breaks through that point that's when the death rate starts to climb back up.
  21. Not true. A few things to consider. 1. America has taken this much more serious than Italy did. I heard they gave out over 200,000 citations. 2. America has better hospitals and lesser population density. So our spread will subside more from social distancing than Italy's and it will take longer for our hospitals to be at capacity. 3. Italy's death rate is currently 9.5% compared to America's being at 1.2% 4. Obviously for this chart to be a more accurate measurement it should be done on a per capita basis which it is not. source I've been using:
  22. I will say the mainstream media never called it a hoax but they keep claiming we are right behind Italy and that's just fear mongering. Which maybe it is helping people take it even more serious or make people think twice about breaking the shelter in place. Now Trump and The GOP called it a hoax for nearly 2 months. It's almost poetic justice when a bunch of the people at CPAC were making fun of the virus calling it a hoax ended up getting it.
  23. Doctors should be explaining the risks. Is this stuff over the counter in Nigeria? Also Hydroxychloroquine is less toxic than chloroquine. Clinical trials start in NY tomorrow so we will soon start getting some real data. Keep in mind desperate times call for desperate measures. This is a clinical trial that was not FDA approved to streamline it in a clear time of crisis.
  24. The Florida Beaches were bad. But honestly the rest of the country as a whole I feel has taken this very seriously. Americans had the benefit of seeing what was happening in Italy before it happened here. Like said earlier in here this next week is critical data to project this going forward. I for one am very curious as to how much the deaths go up today compared to yesterday. But there are a lot of positive things happening in America right now to combat covid-19. Tomorrow there are clinical trials starting for Chloroquine (originally used to treat malaria) & Hydroxychloroquine (a less toxic deriviatie of chloroquine). Both are hopeful to help alleviate symptoms making less people need to be hospitalized (depending on how effective they are). Also I've heard experts saying that there is hope Hydroxychloroquine can make covid-19 less efficient at transmission (not to be confused with a cure or vaccine). GM, Haines, and other big companies are offering to start manufacturing needed PPE (personal protective equipment) for hospitals. States are converting hotels that obviously aren't getting much business into temporary hospitals for covid-19 patients. Many states are doing very well with the drive thru testing. I don't want to say that the worst part is behind us just yet but I think we are doing a lot better than the fear mongering mainstream media is making it sound like.