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.
1) Per sources: Teams were sent memos today outlining the new and enhanced protocols which are effective immediately. They include the risk of being 'prohibited from further participation in the 2020 season' for repeated or flagrant violation of said protocols.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 6, 2020
2) The refusal to wear face covering when required to and reminded to do so qualifies for prohibition. The league will send written warnings prior to any action taking place.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 6, 2020
3) Other measures effective immediately:— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 6, 2020
-Face coverings required EVERYWHERE. Dugouts, hotels, bullpens, etc. All except field of play
-Surgical masks are required on planes and buses. No cloth coverings.
4) When at home, players are prohibited from going to bars, malls or any large gatherings.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 6, 2020
-Players must get permission from their compliance officer before leaving the hotel
-Clubs must reduce the numbers in their traveling parties to personnel 'essential' to playing the game
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:
Enrique Hernandez with possibly the worst relay throw ever. pic.twitter.com/frTqajtJzq— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) August 6, 2020
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.
- Roger Munter dives deep into wartime baseball (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on Pablo Sandoval’s tough start, and if he might be cut (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Kerry Crowley checks in on the outfield experiment (Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez wonders if Mauricio Dubon will survive the roster cuts (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on Gabe Kapler finding things to like about Pablo Sandoval’s swing (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Maria Guardado on how Mike Yastrzemski is being more selective, and seeing results (MLB)
- John Shea on what the Giants need to do to finish .500 (SF Chronicle)
- Alex Pavlovic on Nolan Arenado’s continued dominance of the Giants (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Dalton Johnson on Madison Bumgarner’s rough start to his Diamondbacks tenure (NBC Sports Bay Area)
I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday.