Clayton Kershaw has the Cy Young Awards and the MVP. Madison Bumgarner has the rings and the World Series MVP. It’s kind of like a Peyton Manning/Tom Brady thing, I guess. Which makes me wonder why I haven’t seen the Very Important Thinkpiece comparing those two that way. I guess Plaschke and Jenkins are involved in some sort of arbitration over who gets to write that first.
Anyway, today the Dodgers and Giants are facing off and their aces are on the hill. At present: advantage Bumgarner. Because he took Kershaw deep a few minutes ago. Video of the dinger at that link. Embedded here later when MLB makes it embedable.
Right now it’s 2-0 Giants, as Hunter Pence also singled in a run. The Giants are, apparently, never losing again.
Oh, and Bumgarner has as many homers on the season as Robinson Cano and Joe Mauer.
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.