It’s been a crazy week in MLB. The action continues – both good and bad – and, for now, the season remains intact. There’s still a long way to go before anyone can say the 2020 season is a victory, especially with players who refuse to play by the coronavirus rules, but it looks like things are headed in the right direction. We’ll find out soon enough.
Yankees Make History During Crazy MLB Week
There’s some good news for the New York Yankees, as well as the team’s fans. Aaron Judge became the first Yankee in 13 years to score a home run in 5 consecutive games. Judge accomplished the feat on Sunday, connecting off reliever Matt Hall in the second inning to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead over the Boston Red Sox. Then, in the eighth inning, he brought in two runs off Matt Barnes on the team’s way to a 9-7 win.
The previous hitter to hit a home run in five straight games for the Yankees was Alex Rodriguez back in 2007. As a matter of fact, Judge and Rodriguez are the only players in club history to have hit five home runs in the first eight games of a season. It appears Judge’s previous broken rib and punctured lung isn’t keeping him down.
Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes Makes History For The Wrong Reasons
To continue this crazy week, MLB announced that Yoenis Cespedes is leaving the New York Mets, even if he didn’t bother to tell the team. The outfielder decided to opt-out for the rest of the season because of the coronavirus, but this was made public. He was supposed to appear in Atlanta for a game against the Braves on Sunday and, while everyone else showed up at the field, Cespedes was notably absent. No one could find him, his hotel room was empty and everyone could only be left guessing. It was later determined that he had skipped out.
According to General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Cespedes didn’t attend the ballpark for the game in Atlanta, and the team reports that they were unable to get a hold of him. Later, the team was notified by Cespedes that he had decided to abandon the season due to “coronavirus reasons.” However, he may not have been completely truthful. Cespedes came back to the season for the first time since July 20, 2018, after a surgery on both heels and a fractured ankle and has been complaining of not getting enough time on the field. He has been venting to Mets management and wasn’t going to see a lot of action against the Braves. This, according to some, is the real reason he abandoned the team, with COVID-19 simply being an easy excuse to collect a salary without overtly giving up.
The MLB Season Is On Eggshells
A week ago, the Marlins were having a crazy nightmare because 16 MLB players and staffers resulted positive for COVID-19, but it ended on Sunday. The affected members were placed in isolation for a week after the restart of the season, and games had to be rescheduled. However, that was just the beginning of the league’s coronavirus troubles.
The future of the 2020 season is not as stable as some hope. It might collapse due to the continuous spread of the virus. The season just began on July 23 and 17 games have been postponed already. Over the weekend, many players and staffers of the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as two staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies, tested positive for COVID-19. The panorama doesn’t seem to be promising for the entire league.
MLB Players Guilty Of Being Crazy & Foolish
In trying to figure out why so many Marlins players became infected, MLB figured out that some of the players had decided to visit a nightclub. Then, to make matters worse, the Cardinals players may have gone to a casino. There is an apparently complete disregard for the health policies implemented by MLB – and agreed to by the players association – and commissioner Rob Manfred warned last Friday that he’s willing to cancel the season if players don’t get their act together.
Manfred has backed down since then, saying he is “not a quitter” and that MLB baseball will continue. However, if more cases continue to pop up, the ultimate decision on whether or not there are any games held won’t be up to him – that call will be made by the players.