Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, December 15, 2020 -- "Why We're Bored"

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"So teams aren’t looking at two months to camps, but something closer to ten weeks and maybe as much as three months. Front offices have more time to wait and see what reaching for that 84th win will be worth, and whether Nelson Cruz is a fit for their roster or not. If home games in April are eventually traded for home games in October, the whole season pushed back a month, they’ll know they have a few more bucks coming in as well. The intransigence of these front offices isn’t much fun, but it’s understandable."