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Monday BP: Marquee players are opting out

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Yoenis Cespedes and Lorenzo Cain are opting out of the 2020 MLB season.

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Hello and happy Monday.

As I stated a few words ago, it is Monday. You might remember Monday from such hits as, “The season could be canceled as early as Monday.”

It doesn’t look like it will, mostly because Rob Manfred is stubborn, and not in the way that makes people say, “I like that about you” and actually mean it.

The St. Louis Cardinals are now dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, and in telling news, two star players decided to opt out of the season through the weekend: The Milwaukee Brewers Lorenzo Cain, and the New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes.

It appears that MLB will continue to march on, despite a pandemic that’s impacting numerous teams, and some of its most important players opting out.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Why yes he did. Many times.

August 3, 1993: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Doug Brocail. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 12-7. It was his 32nd homer of the year.

August 3, 1994: Against the Cincinnati Reds, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of John Roper. It cut the Giants deficit to 6-2, and they would lose 17-4. It was his 36th homer of the year.

August 3, 1996: Against the Houston Astros, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Shane Reynolds. It cut the Giants deficit to 2-1, and they would lose 4-1. It was his 29th homer of the year.

August 3, 2002: Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning off of Kip Wells, scoring Rich Aurilia and Jason Schmidt. It gave the Giants a 5-0 lead, and they would win 11-6. It was his 30th homer of the year.

August 3, 2004: Against the Cincinnati Reds, Bonds hit 2 home runs off of Cory Lidle. A 3-run shot in the 3rd inning scored Ricky Ledee and J.T. Snow, and gave the Giants a 4-0 lead. A solo shot in the 7th inning gave them a 7-0 lead, and was sandwiched between blasts by Snow and Pedro Feliz, giving them back-to-back-to-back homers, en route to an 11-0 win. They were his 28th and 29th homers of the year.


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Have a wonderful Monday!