Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a terrific grab in left-center field on Sunday afternoon in an eventual loss to the Red Sox.
Ahead 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox had runners on first and seoncd base for Brock Holt. Holt lined a Will Harris offering to left-center, seemingly destined to carom off of the Green Monster for at least a one-run double. Marisnick, in a full sprint, made the long trek from straightaway center field and snagged the ball before it could hit the wall, then crashed into the Green Monster. Marisnick, somehow, managed to hang onto the ball.
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This is not the first time Marisnick has made a stellar defensive play in center field this season.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.