We won’t dwell too heavily on the highlighted topic today, as most of the articles I’m sharing will have a lot more to say (in a much more well-structured fashion) than I can in a little blurb, but let’s hit the high points.
It seems that the NL Central has become something of a hotbed for coronavirus activity. First it was the Cardinals missing a myriad of games thanks to multiple postiive cases among players and staff, and now it’s the Cincinnati Reds who have been set back by it, with a positive case postponing most of their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Don’t expect to see any makeup games any time soon, either.
#Reds will not play any make-up games vs. the Pirates on Monday. Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, "MLB has decided protocol-wise that they did not want us to play Monday." https://t.co/TPdPAWm7Dl— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 16, 2020
All this, of course, as the Cardinals have returned to play this weekend in preparation for a very long slog of double-headers as they attempt to make up for lost time.
Now let’s get into the news.
- C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal look into the weekend’s positive player test for the Reds. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Nick Selbe also has a deeper look into the positive test over at Sports Illustrated.
- Meanwhile Jesse Rogers takes a look at the Cardinals’ triumphant return this weekend.
- Before their success, Jay Jaffe broke down what the upcoming schedule of games is going to look like for St. Louis.
- Daniel Brown looks back at the iconic Field of Dreams monologue through the lens of 2020. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- With MLB recognizing the Negro Leagues, Ben Lindbergh is one of many writers asking “What took so long?”
- Kevin B. Blackistone asks the much deeper question of why the Negro Leagues ever had to exist at all.
- Sean Gibson thinks it’s time to rename the MVP award for Negro Leagues star Josh Gibson.
- It’s impossible for families to be present as their sons and brothers make their major league debuts this year, but Kyle Hart’s brother still found a way, shares Chris Cotillo.
- Mike Vaccaro takes a historical deep dive into the deadly pitch that killed Ray Chapman 100 years ago.
- Jayson Stark continues his delightfully odd series on useless and weird baseball facts. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- I guess the Royals are tired of watching baseball.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.