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  1. #946
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawk4Prez View Post
    Legit crying for you CubsRule. Sorry!
    Thanks, Dawk.

    Im still trying to lift my spirits up a bit, but itís still hard at the moment.

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    2020 Cubs Spring Training Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by La_bibbers View Post
    When will we see anything with an audience again is the real question.
    I can definitely see sports happening again without an audience. But I agree: when that happens again, it will be a significant amount of time that has passed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsRule08 View Post
    Thanks, Dawk.

    Im still trying to lift my spirits up a bit, but itís still hard at the moment.
    Lost mine a few years ago. Still hurts.

    No advice. It sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawk4Prez View Post
    Lost mine a few years ago. Still hurts.

    No advice. It sucks.
    Yeah. Itís the worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDawk4Prez View Post
    Lost mine a few years ago. Still hurts.

    No advice. It sucks.
    Yep. A few years ago I lost 2 cats in the same year at relatively early ages in completely unrelated illnesses. It's brutal and it can be pretty brutal the lack of support and the dismissiveness people have when you lose pets. They're not people, but it's still really heartbreaking and traumatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by La_bibbers View Post
    Yep. A few years ago I lost 2 cats in the same year at relatively early ages in completely unrelated illnesses. It's brutal and it can be pretty brutal the lack of support and the dismissiveness people have when you lose pets. They're not people, but it's still really heartbreaking and traumatic.
    Unfortunately, my dad is in that situation right now. Heís tried to convince my mom and I to move on and live our life, but you canít replace or move on from 11 years of memories with the snap of a finger. Weíve kept a couple things from our dog, but my dad has pretty much thrown everything else away that reminded us of him. It sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsRule08 View Post
    Unfortunately, my dad is in that situation right now. Heís tried to convince my mom and I to move on and live our life, but you canít replace or move on from 11 years of memories with the snap of a finger. Weíve kept a couple things from our dog, but my dad has pretty much thrown everything else away that reminded us of him. It sucks.
    That does suck. I am sorry man.

    There are lots of people unfortunately who donít understand how devastating the loss of a pet is. When you have a family member like that it can be especially crushing.

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    Just heard that Boris Johnson has been moved into ICU after being admitted into hospital yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHBulls View Post
    That does suck. I am sorry man.

    There are lots of people unfortunately who donít understand how devastating the loss of a pet is. When you have a family member like that it can be especially crushing.
    It is. Iím hoping that he will realize the feeling of losing him soon because itís hard for my mom and I to see him act like he never existed

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsRule08 View Post
    It is. Iím hoping that he will realize the feeling of losing him soon because itís hard for my mom and I to see him act like he never existed
    I am sorry man. That is rough.

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    Looks like MLB wants to shoot for May and play only in Arizona

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...-early-arizona

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooL D/R/T View Post
    Looks like MLB wants to shoot for May and play only in Arizona

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    Sources: MLB, union focused on plan that could allow season to start as early as May in Arizona

    Major League baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May and has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN.

    Though the plan has a number of potential stumbling blocks, it has emerged above other options as the likeliest to work and has been embraced by MLB and MLB Players Association leadership, who are buoyed by the possibility of baseball's return and the backing of federal officials, sources said.

    The plan, sources said, would dictate all 30 teams play games at stadiums with no fans in the greater Phoenix area, including the*Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, 10 spring training facilities and perhaps other nearby fields. Players, coaching staffs and other essential personnel would be sequestered at local hotels, where they would live in relative isolation, and travel only to the stadium and back, sources said. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health have been supportive of a plan that would adhere to strict isolation, promote social distancing and allow MLB to become the first professional sport to return.

    The May return date depends on a number of concerns being allayed, and some officials believe a June opening day could be more realistic, sources said. Most important would be a significant increase in available coronavirus tests with a quick turnaround time, which sources familiar with the plan believe will happen by early May and allow MLB's testing not to diminish access for the general public.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofnr View Post
    While health officials see MLB players as low-risk candidates for COVID-19-related issues because of their age and health, putting protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of older managers, coaches, umpires and other personnel would be paramount to the plan working, sources said.

    The logistics to pull off such a plan would be enormous and cumbersome on the league side and require the buy-in of players, who sources expect to be skeptical of separating from their families for an indefinite amount of time - perhaps as long as 4Ĺ months, if the inability to stem the coronavirus outbreak keeps teams from playing in their home stadiums in 2020.

    Still, there is hope among leadership on both sides that the combination of receiving paychecks for playing and baseball's return offering a respite to a nation beset by the devastation of COVID-19 would convince players to agree to the plan, sources said.

    For weeks, top federal health officials and officials at the league have discussed the feasibility of the plan, sources said. On Saturday, top officials with the MLBPA spoke with health officials who offered the plan as the clearest way for baseball to restart, according to sources. The league and union began discussing the plan multiple in phone calls Monday, sources said. With the uncertainty of how long the coronavirus pandemic will affect the United States, the isolation option leapt to the forefront of the possibilities the league was considering, sources said.

    The hurdles go far beyond testing and players' fears of separating from their families. MLB and the MLBPA, sources said, expect to discuss this week the economics of the plan, in which the league would forgo the gate receipts that account for the largest proportion of its annual revenues that exceed $10 billion. The league could reap additional money by adding games to its national television portfolio, with networks likely to leap at live programming as other sports remain shuttered due to the coronavirus, sources said.

    Should the league and union agree to a deal, sources said, it would strongly increase the possibility that teams descend on the Phoenix area in May, provided the logistical issues - securing robust coronavirus testing, lodging, security, transportation and myriad other matters - can be solved. After a two- to three-week training camp, during which the protocols would be tested and iterated, MLB could consider beginning its regular season, sources said.

    While the possibility of a player or staff member testing positive for coronavirus exists, even in a secured setting, officials do not believe that a positive alone would necessarily be cause to quarantine an entire team or shut down the season, sources said. The plan could include teams carrying significantly expanded rosters to account for the possibility of players testing positive despite the isolation as well as to counteract the heat in Phoenix, which could grow problematic during the summer, sources said. The allure of more players potentially receiving major league salaries and service time would appeal strongly to the union, according to sources.

    Both sides acknowledge the uniqueness of the season would not be limited to stadium location or roster size. Among the possibilities that have been discussed among people from both sides, though not in the talks Monday, according to sources:

    ē Implementing an electronic strike zone to allow the home-plate umpire to maintain sufficient distance from the catcher and batter

    ē No mound visits from the catcher or pitching coach

    ē Seven-inning doubleheaders, which, with an earlier-than-expected start date, could allow baseball to come closer to a full 162-game season

    ē Regular use of on-field microphones by players, as an added bonus for TV viewers

    ē Sitting in the empty stands 6 feet apart - the recommended social-distancing space - instead of in a dugout

    The money discussion would not just be between the league and players but among the teams, too. Because local television contracts vary significantly by market - well over $100 million a year separate the top and bottom local TV deals - those reliant on gate revenues could seek a one-year change to the revenue-sharing plan among the 30 teams.

    The sides also would need to determine how many people would live inside the sport's so-called bubble alongside on-field and medical personnel and whether it would include front-office officials, scouts, video personnel and media, among others, sources said.
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    https://twitter.com/mlbpuertorico/st...214423552?s=21

    Incase anybody hasnít seen the video of Javy catching Berrios


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofnr View Post
    I'll admit I'd be pretty excited to have some daily baseball games during all this.
    Heyward jerseys are in the cart ready for me to hit submit.

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