Here are 10 questions for another non-baseball weekend…
- How many of the players feel like Blake Snell? What kind of percentage of the players don’t think they should be sacrificing some of their income for a shorter season because of the risks they are taking? And what percentage of fans are understanding and what percentage have had it with millionaires moaning? (I know that is really 3 questions, but as a bonus to the readers we will count it as one).
- Is a contract extension for George Springer more of a PR move or a good baseball move? Baseball history is strewn with the bodies of free agents who fell off the edge of the earth post-30 years old. But there are a lot of guys way past thirty (Justin Verlander, Nelson Cruz, Zack Greinke, etc) who are kicking the younger players’ butts. I kind of lean towards George being at least a good player for the next 4 seasons or so.
- Is Bryan Abreu or Jose Urquidy more of the real deal? Both pitchers in small samples were quite impressive, perhaps none more than Urquidy’s clutch win in Game 4 of the World Series. Perhaps the answer is both. Or neither.
- What if…..Gerrit Cole had told the Yankees “the heck with your antiquated policies, I’m not shaving my facial hair”? Would they have bowed to him or just thrown another $20 MM on the Barbie?
- Can baseball afford to not have even an abbreviated 2020 season? Rob Manfred whose ethics and integrity would make him a good FBI bureaucrat says the owners could lose up to $4 billion if they don’t play this year. So…does that mean the players have up to $4 billion in leverage here? It would seem to make it tougher to hold their feet to the fire in negotiating the terms of the season.
- Is there anyone you feel sorry for? I feel sorry for someone like Lance McCullers Jr. who sat out one whole season and now is deep into the next. Not from a money standpoint, but the guy is a heck of a competitor and this has to be eating him.
- Is this one of our toughest seasons as fans? Baseball and the Astros will miss Bob Watson, a class act and a very good baseball player. Probably the closest modern Astro to him would be Michael Brantley. Just a very solid hitter. Almost always hitting for good average, not going to strike out much, not going to normally hit 20 HRs, but a good RBI man. And then after 19 seasons he went into the front office and the commissioner’s office and did himself and the sport proud. Heaven bless you Bull!
- Does Yordan Alvarez have to have a sophomore slump? Sure, we know he may not even get enough games to match his 1/2 season production from 2018. But does he have to fall off those near miracle stats of a year ago? Sure hope not.
- Should they add crowd noise to the games? I grew up on those fake laugh tracks on the old comedies and they never bothered me. Wouldn’t it be fun to be the guy who chooses how long and how loud to hold the applause, cheering, booing, etc after every play?
- Which Astros player do you miss the most at this point? A comment from Mr. Bill asking for us to give him reasons to anticipate baseball’s return, made me think about this. Personally, I really miss Justin Verlander, because hands down he is a Hall of Famer and getting to watch those types of players is always special.
Now it is your turn to answer these questions or add questions of your own.