This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
Now is the time I start considering players for next year's fantasy drafts and auctions. I do that exercise now while performances are fresh in my mind.
I have some real issues with several "big name" players.
This has been an incredibly different type of MLB season.
COVID-19 has robbed the world of normalcy. Professional sports is just one entity of normal life that we have missed.
Major League Baseball has seen some of their best hitters and pitchers struggle to find their way. There are a few reasons that can be used to excuse the poor performances:
1. Starting spring training, stopping spring training, being at home for months and then starting spring training again didn't help the timing and preparation of players.
2. With limited preparation before the first pitch in the new season in mid-July, plenty of pitching arms weren't stretched out. Plenty of hitters didn't have enough repetition at the plate against quality pitching to prepare. Hitting against teammates in camp doesn't help much. Especially when pitchers don't want to come inside and risk hitting a teammate.
3. There are no video rooms in big league clubhouses. Hitters and pitchers can't watch coordinated video in a structured location. They are left to watch video at home or at the hotel. Tough to do with all the distractions.
4. I think the physical baseball is different. I have written in this space that MLB likely would use up the baseballs they had in stock and then mess