Hello and happy Sunday everybody.
We’re less than three weeks away from the start of the 2020 MLB season. It’s only four months behind schedule — I think that qualifies as fashionably late.
We don’t have a schedule yet, unless it has dropped in between when I wrote this article and when you’re reading it. That shouldn’t be super surprising, as there’s no reason for MLB to release a schedule yet. There are no fans in the stands, so there’s no need to have a schedule for ticket-buying purposes. Travel should be relatively straightforward, and the chance of a coronavirus flare up in a city means the league probably wants to be as flexible as possible.
But we are getting some hints and rumors. According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Giants are tentatively scheduled to open the season in Southern California, taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
IF the @mlb season starts on time, and IF the draft schedule does not change -- which it very well might -- the #SFGiants would open the 2020 season in LA against the #dodgers, just as the original 162-game schedule had it.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 29, 2020
No surprises here. The league will likely look at scheduling a lot of rivalries to start the season, and kick things off with a bang.
There have also been reports that the Giants will play the Oakland A’s in a few exhibition games, which ... well, duh.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
He did, but only one.
July 5, 1993: Against the Montreal Expos, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off of Jimmy Jones, scoring Will Clark. It gave the Giants a 7-2 lead, and they would win 10-4. It was his 22nd homer of the year.
I hope you have a great Sunday, and are having a lovely weekend.