Which current players will make the Hall of Fame? And how about Trevor Hoffman?


It’s the time of year when we start getting all of those lists about the cultural crap that underscore just how painfully young today’s incoming college freshman are. Things like “2015 incoming freshman never played stickball. Or persecuted the Irish. They are bioluminescent and are primarily silicon-based lifeforms; for this year’s incoming freshmen, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is just as far in their past as Puccini’s ‘E Lucevan Le Stelle’ is in ours.”

I hate those friggin’ lists. So excuse me while I turn away from the here and now talk about the past and future. Specifically, of the Hall of Fame.

Now, back to feeling old. Did you know that This year’s incoming Freshman have never eaten a sandwich? That the Boer War is totally foreign to them? That they don’t know a world without draculas? It’s true!

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: