The next round of the playoffs opened yesterday with the American League kicking off proceedings. Let’s cut to the chase: the neutral stadium thing might work for this year, with all of the travel restrictions and such causing teams to have to bubble themselves up, but this better not be the norm moving forward. Forget not having fans in the stands; there are several series here where the team straight do not like each other. It’s led to some hostility, especially among the team in the AL. Take that hostility and mix it with fans and there was some potential for fireworks. There still is, of course, but taking the home fans out of the emotion of the game at any point in the future would be disastrous. Rob Manfred is already kicking around the idea of leaving the runner on second to begin extra innings. Let’s not let him think that this playoff idea should continue to be used in the future.
On to the links!
- Rhys Hoskins underwent Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow and it looks like he’ll be out 4-6 months. Not ideal, of course, but also not the end of the world.
- The team to the north saw the comments about J.T. Realmuto and the possibility of the team re-signing him, and they smell blood in the water.
- Remember the MLB Draft when the Philles took Mick Abel? Well, now they will finally be....<cough>...able...to see him in person.
- This Phillies’ front office mess is going to take some time to clean up.