Baseball Changes and NBA COVID Protocols in a Sleek Mailbag

By | September 18, 2022

Nicely, that is unusual.

I really feel like one thing went fallacious with our system right here as a result of solely two questions snuck on this week and two exams I despatched myself to [email protected] by no means make it to the inbox. reception.

Both that or most of you might have taken per week off and I discover it laborious to consider.

Anyway, this is the briefest Ye Olde postbag ever and if we get issues again on monitor and choose up what we’d have missed, I will attempt to get a extra full model tomorrow or Tuesday .

(Having simply spoken with our assist employees, it appears the issue was on our finish and the priority is that something that did not be despatched could, sadly, be misplaced. So if you wish to resend them, I’ll create an add later and hope we catch up)

However with the Girls’s World Cup beginning Wednesday and a few Raptors preseason stuff to do, we’re again to busy work days.

Q: You write, “It is a gradual sport, let or not it’s what it’s… What I believe baseball has completed is give in to lightning quick consideration spans individuals in the present day, once they completely did not must.”

Excellent, sir. I learn Wilner’s article with rising nostalgia for the sport I knew, which is already a bit unrecognizable. Ty Cobb can be appalled on the fashionable participant’s incapacity to benefit from a half-field devoid of defenders; similar to Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn; Ichiro might have 300 visits per 12 months. And if I needed to make a change myself, I might restrict groups to 9 pitchers simply to see if extra of them might get out of jams. Probably the most extraordinary factor this season was that the pitcher was not allowed to finish a no-hitter (sorry, I haven’t got particulars, I suppose I do not pay a lot consideration anymore).

For those who might solely make one change in baseball, what would it not be?

James A., Victoria

A: I might be very supportive, such as you, of limiting the variety of pitchers on a roster, however I am afraid that can result in rather more frequent use of positional gamers on the mound and we have no. no want.

What we want, although, is for them to eliminate this foolish aberration of placing a runner on base to start out any additional half innings. It is an absolute bastardization of the sport because it’s meant to be performed.


Q: Hello Doug,

Because the sunlight hours dwindle and the mornings get colder, we a minimum of have extra main sports activities viewing to look ahead to (and a wide range of sports activities subjects to cowl).

Let’s go:

1) I used to be pondering of the previous Jays and the formation of WAMCO. Any thought what White, Molitor and Olerud are doing? By the best way Rance Mullinicks? George Bell? We nonetheless see Joe Carter celebrated at Jays milestones; the others, not a lot.

2) As a author, have you ever ever had the possibility to satisfy one in all your childhood heroes and utterly lose them? Or are there any celebrities that would go away you in awe for those who met them at an occasion? Conversely, somebody that you must cease your self from punching within the face? 🙂

3) A query from the G-league: I do know you coated this, however apart from guys on two-way contracts, ANY participant within the G-league is free to signal with ANY staff within the NBA, proper? There isn’t any “we get first dibs / proper to match” clause, and so on. So the primary objective of getting a man on the 905 is to look at them develop first hand and perhaps see them up near hopefully acknowledge when (or if) they’re the NBA prepared ?

4) Are you aware what the present NBA Covid state of affairs/coverage is? I do not hear something about twice-daily testing, and so on., however for MLB, we hear about unvaccinated gamers unable to enter Canada. My guess is the following two weeks will decide any coverage modifications (youngsters again to highschool and mixing if an infection charges do not go up, I believe we’ll all really feel a bit relieved)

Fingers crossed for a Covid break! (together with your injured finger!)

Bernie M.

A: I do not know the place loads of former Jays are, however Molitor has managed for years and Devon White works for the group and was within the first base coaching field for the Jays when Mark Budzinski was away for a tragic household accident.

No, I’ve by no means actually been impressed by athletes or something like that. Reverent to individuals I’ve nice respect for however cannot do my job if I am unable to act regular round them.

Sure, except two gamers per franchise on two-way offers or NBA contracted gamers “assigned” to a G League staff, each G League participant is an NBA free agent. NBA groups that personal G League franchises are taking a better have a look at the blokes they may need to signal sooner or later and attempting to place collectively profitable groups, as a result of there are video games and titles to compete for, nevertheless. So it isn’t out of the goodness of the guts.

As issues stand, there are not any modifications to COVID insurance policies as they have been on the finish of final season, which embody weekly testing for unvaccinated gamers however self-monitoring for others. .

And till the federal governments of Canada and america change their border insurance policies, nothing modifications both.

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