This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
… and, make sure your tray tables and seat backs are in the upright position. We are about to play some baseball! It seems like such a long road we have traveled, and there have certainly been many curves in the road, but it's time to watch those curves catch a corner of the plate. This promises to be a crazy season. It might feel like a sprint at a track meet rather than a baseball season with a 60-game schedule, but I'm excited!
The COVID-19 pandemic has been, and continues to be, a major complication, but I am very encouraged by two things. First the overall incidence of positive tests has been relatively low. Only about 1.8 percent of the players tested came back positive, and those who have tested positive are generally recovering (if they were suffering any symptoms) and testing negative within a couple weeks. If this trend continues, we can hopefully expect minimal impact on team fosters as the season gets under way. There likely will be some players who run out of time to fully prepare, but they may be game ready soon.
Not surprisingly, there has been considerable speculation regarding the impact of everything that has happened (or is happening) on this year's fantasy playground. I'm one of those speculators. Initially, I was concerned that short prep time might make it difficult for pitchers to get stretched out for the regular season, but I am changing my mind based on reports from Spring Training