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MLB Bullets carries on without Opening Day

Thoughts about what the season will look like when it does begin, and other baseball news and stories.

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We’re now past the day on which the 2020 baseball season should have opened, with no clarity on when it might actually begin. But there is news out there on what it might look like.

Going to slip one Cubs note in here:

Now for some features and fun!

  • It’s a good time, while we all have downtime, for “what if”s. Aaron Gleeman wonders what might have happened if David Ortiz had stayed with the Twins. (The Athletic subscription required)
  • During the 1918-19 flu pandemic, Babe Ruth was stricken with the disease. Here is an excerpt from a book by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith.
  • Lastly, two Rule 5 picks (of the 11 made in the Major League phase last December) were caught in an odd situation with no pay due to the agreement on how non-40-man roster players and minor leaguers were to be paid after baseball stopped. Fortunately, as Dan Connolly reports, deals were worked out for both of them. One was Michael Rucker, who was returned to the Cubs from the Orioles. (The Athletic subscription required)

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.