Monday, September 21, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 20, 2020 -- "I Was Wrong"

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"What we know, though, is that after those earliest days, MLB pulled this off. It needed to chip away at some of the things we think of as “baseball” to do so, and it needed a commitment from the players to, frankly, pass on a lot of the fun things about being major-league players for a while. We had a season, and we’ll have these expanded playoffs and a World Series, and whether it’s Yankees/Dodgers or Marlins/Blue Jays, it will represent the efforts of thousands of people over four months. MLB’s plan worked."