November 05, 2020
With the Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series championship, after a 32-year drought, there is something to review. Without going into details of the questionable handling of MLB and the champions themselves with the presence of a player infected by the virus (Justin Turner) without a mask in full celebration, and previously the unpleasant boo to commissioner Rob Manfred, we continue to read open criticism of the mentioned top dog for various topics, some with more support than others.
Are we going to have a better Major League Baseball – for the crowd in the stands and for television – in 2021? That question is one of care, when we do not know if there is already a vaccine against the unhealthy bug, when humanity is debated on an economic issue perhaps never before seen in the modern era.
Can we dream of going to a Las Mayores park next year? Today we do not have a parameter of whether we could be with the family in a building of that size and with total security of not being infected.
Perhaps the most important thing, like the National Pastime that is baseball in the United States, will be to observe the new distribution of the stadiums and there we are not only referring to those of the big leagues, but also those of the new branches, this stage that is born with the next year, in which the 30 big teams are going to look for something like the best return on investment (ROI), trying to reduce, to a great extent, all that list of prospects that never made it or make it to the biggest team and which, in turn, gives the NFL and NBA an advantage in terms of the certainty of the young people selected (via Draft) to sign.
Well, we saw the issue of stadiums in the World Series: there are states of the American Union with strong restrictions and others not so much … if we continue to be affected by the presence (even not so marked) of the covid-19, it is likely that some properties MLB have capacity — greater or less — for a percentage of the public, others, as we will even see the case of Toronto with the Blue Jays and its possible repetition in Buffalo, NY.
That issue of whether or not there will be an audience in the stadiums is something that affects the LMB if it adapts to the other “new normal” and continues to play a role in the new facet of the major league branches, although it seems irresponsible for said League to play with the idea of an expansion, when this year it did not have a season precisely because of the impossibility of going out with expenses without stands with fans, with some franchises not suitable for the current conditions.
For its part, is the LMP thinking about the possible scenario of canceling its season? It is no longer just the images we saw in a stadium, it is the extended contagion of a team and a very expensive television contract.
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