It’s Opening Day. It’s a new season. It’s baseball. All 30 teams are going to be in action. Everything is as it should be.
Except… there are not one but two proverbial Swords of Damocles hanging over this season. The first is the coronavirus pandemic that is still not over even though hoards of people and politicians want to act like it is. No games have been postponed, but 5 Rangers are out for today under the league protocols. The Rangers have their home stadium fully open for today, BTW, in the face of recently rising case numbers. There are still some teams that will have no fans in the stands. The Blue Jays must play their home games in Dunedin, FL as they cannot freely go/come from Canada.
The second is that the CBA expires after the season. There has been no talk of a lock out or strike during the season, but a full on confrontation once the season is over is never far from either side’s mind. Normally CBA talks begin 12 months out. That was December. They are expected to start this month. Not impossible but late. We definitely will have more to talk about on the subject as the season progresses, but for now…