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Spare parts: New year, no movement

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jan 5, 2022

For those hoping the first week of January might bring some sort of movement in regards to Major League Baseball’s lockdown, no substantial history of talks or proposals has surfaced. Maybe we will have better luck in the second week.

Instead of the progress of the lockdown, I’ll point you to that mailbag reporter Evan Drellich made for The Athletic at the end of the year, in which he answered a bunch of questions on different points of contention. CBS Sports’ Dayn Perry provided an overview on Monday.

A point made by Drellich got me thinking:

Can the minor league camp start on time? – C. Trent Rosecrans

Yes, even if the major league spring training is delayed, the minor league spring training can still start on time. The major league teams control the spring training schedule for the minor leagues, so that would be up to them to decide, and there is no obvious reason for them to delay the minor league camp. Most minor league players are not members of MLBPA, and minor league players do not have their own union (but there is a growing effort to change that).

If the peak of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant remains a real threat in six to seven weeks, I’m curious if that could affect the league schedule with how the teams would prefer to set up the pre -season.

Last year, the teams held a two-part spring training. Major league camps were reported on traditional time in mid-February, but the minor league portion of spring training began after the major camp was withdrawn to reduce corps numbers in the resorts. spring training. Minor League Baseball then saw its opening days pushed back by a month. It remains to be seen what kind of impact this had on reducing transmission, but it made sense in terms of social distancing. Minor-league teams also didn’t seem to mind waiting for warmer weather and longer days, although it’s unclear if they were just grateful for any season.

Normally the league would have no problem inviting the minor leaguers to spring training, but if they had any plans – or at least a backup plan – to split the camps into two parts in the interests of giving the priority to the MLB season, the tough approach could shoot them.


I would say it’s a bad move by the league to fire its most credible national reporter for issuing reality-based criticism of the commissioner, but it’s probably beneficial to baseball fans that Rosenthal didn’t find the way to stay under Rob’s thumb. Manfred’s heavy fists. Rosenthal still has jobs at Fox Sports and The Athletic, so he’s doing well.

James Fegan asked his readers about the weaknesses of the White Sox roster with editorial comments on the results. I enjoyed the way he worked by constantly reminding that the White Sox spending did not match their championship rhetoric, such as:

For all the story we have watching the White Sox, budget limitations are usually thwarted by overcorrection where it’s most affordable to do: the bullpen.

We all know the White Sox signed Kendall Graveman and re-signed Leury García. You can now read all the movements that AL Central blogs have already checked out all content.

You can see Graveman’s lead in one of the GIFs showing the various elements that lead umpires to miss obvious strike calls. He is the victim of a clumsy stab attempt and a fall.

Treat it as a reminder that the White Sox could use a backup receiver that receives low strike calls when the lockdown ends.

In 2015, Brian Anderson signed a minor league contract with the White Sox in a brief and trivial comeback attempt. I remember it mostly for calling Scott Merkin the only uncle who stayed in touch with Anderson. Either way, with MLB.com reporters banned from writing about current MLBPA players, Uncle Scott is back with another report.

(Photo by Arturo Pardavila III)

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