The Orioles’ sweep of the Tigers means that if Chris Davis were to play in the ALCS, he wouldn’t be eligible until Game 6. That means that it’s highly unlikely that Davis will make the ALCS roster.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suggested the other day that if Davis could play four games of the ALCS then maybe he would be placed on the roster and the O’s would play shorthanded for a couple of games. But going with a 24-man roster four five games in a seven game series — which they’d have to, considering rosters are locked-in once they’re set for the series — is not a great idea.
The question is if the O’s make the World Series, do they even bother activating him then? At that point they’d have done more than fine without him. Would Buck Showalter want to mess with a good thing?
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.