10 things we’ll miss with no games due to coronavirus

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PHOENIX — This was the day the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to begin the season resurrecting memories of Kirk Gibson and Orel Hershiser from their glorious World Series championship season 32 years ago, with the unveiling of Mookie Betts.

This was the day the Washington Nationals were stepping onto the field for the first time as reigning World Series champions, the first baseball team in D.C. to win the title since 1924.

This was the day the New York Yankees were going to unveil Gerrit Cole, the richest pitcher in history, stepping onto the mound against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, showing why he’s worth every penny of his $324 million contract.

This was going to be Opening Day, with all 30 teams scheduled to play Thursday, the earliest opening day in baseball history.

Instead, every ballpark will be empty.

No fans.

No players.

No games.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the sports world, still believes there will be an opening day this season.

He just has no idea of when.

The best-case scenario, MLB executives believe, will be June 1, playing regular-season games through the All-Star break and into October, with a postseason ending in November.

A more reasonable timetable: July 1.

The worst case? See you in 2021.

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Opening Day was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) Thursday with the Nationals playing the New York Mets at Citi Field with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer on the mound, and ending at 10:10 p.m. (ET) when Madison Bumgarner made his Arizona Diamondbacks’ debut against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field.

Mookie Betts waits on deck during a spring training game.

Now, we are left with Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s scheduled Tommy John elbow surgery being the most important outcome on opening day, lamenting on the top 10 things we’ll miss with no games.

1. The epicenter of the baseball world was going to be in Houston, with everyone wondering how the Astros would be treated by their own fans, let alone the Los Angeles Angels, in the first game since revelation of their cheating scandal. Joe Maddon, joining the Angels after his bitter divorce from the Chicago Cubs, insisted he didn’t want any of his pitchers to retaliate. Yet, there wasn’t a soul who believed the Astros wouldn’t be hit at some point during this series.





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