The Arizona Dingbats . . . er, Diamondbacks have published their schedule for the abbreviated 2020 season. Baseball is back!
Yay. Whoopee. Hooray. Z-z-z-z-z.
The D-Backs will only be playing teams from the National League and American League Western Divisions. The idea is to cut down on travel so as not to spread the coronavirus all over the nation when a team travels from one section of the country to the other.
This means the D-Backs will play all five teams in California: the Los Angeles Angels (who are actually in Anaheim and I’m showing my age because I want to call them the California Angels), the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, and the San Francisco Giants. They’ll also play the Colorado Rockies, the Houston Astros, the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.
It looks like the Rangers will finally get to use Globe Life Field, that fancy new $1.2 billion (yes, you read that right) stadium with a retractable dome they built. I’ve heard some fans say it looks like an abandoned warehouse. Well, some fans (including me) have said Chase Field looks more like a blimp hangar than a ballpark. I wonder if Globe Life Field’s roof will leak, like Chase Field’s roof leaks.
Just so you know, if you haven’t gathered from my earlier columns, I love Chase Field and think it’s a great place to watch a game. As they say, looks can be deceiving.
The D-Backs will start the season on the road Friday, July 24 in San Diego. Their first home game will be Thursday July 30 against the Dodgers. The 60-game season will end with a three-game home stand against the Rockies, Sept. 25, 26, and 27.
It will be interesting to see how the newcomers to the D-Backs like Madison Bumgarner, Kole Calhoun and Starling Marte do. The returning starters from 2019 like Ketel Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Carson Kelly should have good years.
Too bad we won’t be able to see them in person. No fans will be allowed in the stands. I have a feeling a lot of ballparks are going to feel quite eerie this season.
I’m sure they’ll have to have a lot of asterisks when it comes to the records for the 2020 season. It will need to be pointed out they played just 60 games. You might have home run leaders with just 12 to 15 for the season. Pitchers winning 20 games? Forget it. If a pitcher wins 8 to 10 games with the 60-game schedule, he will have had a spectacular season.
I have a feeling 2020 will be a fun season to talk about when it’s over. No matter who does what, or who wins the pennant, or who wins the World Series, there will be all sorts of speculation about what players might have accomplished if they played a full season.
As someone once said, four of the saddest words in the English language are “What might have been.”
Even before it starts, that describes the 2020 season.