The Chicago White Sox would absolutely welcome the idea of the season finally starting the season as early as May. They need baseball back ASAP.
The Chicago White Sox have had an insane few months. The most highly anticipated season for this team was 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic has caused the Major League Baseball season to be delayed. We would have been well into the season by now but instead, we sit waiting for the season to come along. One thing that is for sure, the White Sox need baseball to be back as soon as possible.
Well, ESPN’s Jeff Passan may have given fans a bit of light at the end of this dark tunnel. He reported on Monday night that according to sources, Major League Baseball is looking to have players in training camps as soon as May and then get games going soon after that. That would be under some certain conditions that would be new to baseball and sports in general. They would be held in the Phoenix, Arizona area with players, coaches, and all managers tested for COVID-19.
The issue for that is, according to Passan’s report, is that players might need to isolate themselves from their families for an unknown amount of time. That is the only way for players to start getting normal MLB paychecks which is something they might be for. There is a lot to consider if you’re the MLBPA but that is to be decided soon.
This is an option that might be good for the White Sox. They need baseball back for this young team. These players need to be on the field as soon as possible. This was a team that entered Spring Training with so much enthusiasm and excitement. They had so many great players take big steps in 2019 with high hopes for 2020. Men like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Lucas Giolito need it back as soon as possible.
They also have some new faces to be excited about. With free-agent additions like Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel amongst others, it is easy to see why starting in May would be a good thing for this group. They also have high hopes for Luis Robert who is expected to make his Major League debut in 2020. Starting in May as Passan suggests is possible, it would be amazing for this White Sox team.
Obviously, there are many things to consider with this potential outcome. Expanded rosters would be good for the White Sox because they have some players that fans want to see play in the MLB like Yermin Mercedes and Zack Collins who might not have had a chance otherwise. There is also a chance that, according to Passan’s report, that the league might not need to shut down if one person tests positive for COVID-19. It is something to think about and hope for as we look to have the great game of baseball back.