This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
Regan's Rumblings: Play Ball….I Think
My response to the question "On a scale of 1-100, how confident are you that we will have baseball this year?" has wavered wildly the past couple of months. When I wrote this column last week, I was fairly positive. A day later, probably more in the 30 to 40 percent confident range. I'm more at 95 percent now, as it sounds very official that spring training 2.0 will kick off July 1 with Opening Day around July 23. Of course, there is one massive X-factor:
We've already seen the virus hit multiple camps in infect players such as Charlie Blackmon. There's no doubt we will see other players with the IL designation during the year for COVID-19, leaving pennant races very much up in the air. Sure, the Dodgers are a huge playoff favorite, but what if Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler and other Dodgers become infected in September with the team one game up on the Diamondbacks? So many unknowns right now.
Since everyone else is publishing their "things to watch for in 2020," here are a few of mine:
Where does Yasiel Puig land?
I really have no idea, but guessing the Giants for a couple reasons:
1. Their as-is outfield doesn't exactly have a Willie Mays or Barry Bonds in it.
2. President Farhan Zaidi is familiar with Puig. (Is that a good thing though?)