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Thursday BP: MLB introduces punishments for not following protocol

Players can be suspended and even banned from the 2020 season if they don’t take the health and safety protocol seriously.

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MLB: Exhibition-Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Hello and happy Thursday. I hope you enjoyed the San Francisco Giants win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. I sure did.

Speaking of things that happened on Wednesday, MLB sent a memo to teams letting them know two important things. First, the new health and safety protocol is in effect immediately. And second, players can be punished — including being banned for the season — if they fail to follow the protocol.

This is good! Hopefully it’s not too little, too late.

While I have your attention, I want to alert you to a Los Angeles Dodgers player making a fool of himself:

Ahh. It’s beautiful.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

I thought you’d never ask.

August 6, 1996: Against the Cincinnati Reds, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 1st inning off of John Smiley. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, but they would lose 3-2. It was his 31st homer of the year.

August 6, 2002: Against the Chicago Cubs, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 3rd inning off of Steve Smyth, scoring Rich Aurilia and Jeff Kent. It gave the Giants a 7-4 lead, and they would win 11-10. It was his 3rd straight game with a home run, and his 32nd of the year.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday.