After his little meltdown at Salvador Perez on Wednesday night, Hunter Strickland said he was caught up in the moment and talked about “miscommunication” and stuff, but he pretty well undersold it. Strickland didn’t have some confusing verbal interaction with Perez. He just went momentarily nutty.
He addressed it again yesterday. He seemed to get the point a bit better with a day of reflection:
“I’m embarrassed. I’m not going to deny it. I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys over there. I do. It happened and I can’t take it back. There’s a lot of emotion going on but you’ve got to control it. That’s part of your job. You’ve got to be under control no matter how upset you are.”
Of course, he’s still in a bit of denial about other things. Later in the article he talks about how he’s prepared to pitch in another World Series game which, boy howdy, if that happens it either means Bruce Bochy has lost his meds or else it’s a 15-run blowout.
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.