Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here’s what happened across baseball yesterday in case you missed any of it.
After the Indians sent Zach Plesac home early from Chicago on Sunday because he went out with friends on Saturday night, the team then learned that starter Mike Clevinger also broke team rules and went out as well. Clevinger will now miss his start against the Cubs on Tuesday.
“Today the organization learned that RHP Mike Clevinger violated team protocols on the club’s recent road trip to Chicago. He has been instructed to quarantine and will undergo subsequent testing while away from the team. RHP Adam Plutko will start in his place on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs. The Cleveland Indians will continue to keep the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members as our top priority.”
Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, Major League Baseball has had preliminary discussions about holding its postseason in a bubble-type format after the coronavirus outbreaks on the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins that wreaked havoc on the regular-season schedule illustrated how a similar scenario could upend the playoffs.
From the article:
Because of MLB’s expansion to 16 playoff teams, the league would need at least three hubs to complete its wild-card round before shrinking to a two-hub format for the division series. The league championship series and World Series could be held at one or two stadiums. Remaining in one metropolitan area would allow teams to avoid air travel and perhaps remain at a single hotel for the entire postseason, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 27.
According to ESPN, Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron made a comment to Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano regarding his mother on Sunday, that’s what led to Laureano charging towards him, prompting a benches-clearing brawl.
MLB has yet to announce any sort of punishment for Laureano or Cintron.
New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman announced on Monday he’d be opting out of the 2020 MLB season. He’s spent all season on the injured list, but was expected to potentially return this week. Here’s the statement he released about his decision:
“Obviously, you see the Cardinals, the Marlins, you see spikes everywhere in the country, you see protocols not being handled properly from citizens everywhere,’’ Stroman said during a Zoom call. “You see us going to Florida soon. That was a big discussion I had with my family. Going to see the Marlins soon, that’s something I don’t want to be in that situation.’’
Speaking of the Cardinals situation.....
The Cardinals’ doubleheader against the Tigers on Thursday was postponed. Thursday’s doubleheader at Comerica Park was supposed to be a makeup of last week’s series postponement when the Cardinals’ outbreak first began. It’s unknown yet when the series will now be rescheduled.
As of right now, the Cardinals have played only five games. If they have any hopes of completing their season, they are going to need to play 55 games in about 45 days. I’m not too sure whether or not they’ll be able to do that.