Phillies owner John Middleton informed the team’s employees Friday that no one will be laid off or forced to take a pay cut through at least the end of May, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. “I am neither an epidemiologist nor a public policy maker, but I do know our industry, and it is my sincere belief that baseball will be played this year,” Middleton wrote in a letter, adding that there’s no reason to reduce the club’s budget when he’s under the impression that “a meaningful number of games” will take place in 2020. The Phillies are just the second team to commit to no cuts through May, joining the division-rival Braves. More teams are expected to follow, however, with the Giants the latest team to make the commitment, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
- The Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt has arrange camp in his Jupiter-area house in the course of the quarantine, however he’s discovering new methods to maintain his head within the sport. Thanks to a digital actuality product from WIN Reality, Goldschmidt can simulate at-bats in opposition to any pitcher within the sport, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goldschmidt obtained sufficient publicity to reside pitching in spring coaching to totally check his new digital actuality gear, and he got here away impressed with its accuracy. Goldy is figuring out in additional conventional methods as properly, however the VR gear is giving him a chance to relaxation his elbow whereas nonetheless simulating sport expertise.
- The Pirates below Clint Hurdle turned recognized for contentious run-ins with different groups as a consequence of their proclivity for throwing up and in. The dangerous rap was furthered by pitchers Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow growing into aces as soon as having left Pittsburgh. But Derek Shelton runs the dugout in Pittsburgh now, and it stays to be seen how the tradition will change below new management. Shelton spoke to a few of his tendencies, nevertheless, together with how he’ll let statistics and the extenuating circumstances decide how typically he lets his starters undergo a lineup a 3rd time (as a lot as how the pitcher is acting on any given day), per Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Shelton additionally spoke concerning the nearer function, the place he expects Keone Kela to function a standard nearer.