Opening time: scenarios that would have highlighted the return of baseball

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Hope springs eternally on the opening day of the Major League Baseball. The 30 teams are tied for ranking and everyone has an equal shot to win the glory. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday will not be the first day of the MLB season.
We will have to wait for memorable moments, like the outfielder of the Chicago Cubs Ian Happ hit the very first pitch of the 2018 season for a home run off of the Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena.

Entrance to the Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton kershaw gave us a show in 2013, throwing a full shutout against the San Francisco Giants. Kershaw punctuated the 4-0 victory by also breaking the goalless deadlock with a relieving homer off George Kontos.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Bell, the defending AL player par excellence as designated hitter, terrorized Kansas City Royals star Bret Saberhagen for three homers on opening day in 1988. He became the first player to deepen three times in the first game of the season and helped lead the Jays to a 5-3 victory.

The opening day will have to wait, but here are some of the scenarios that would have been exposed if MLB had started the 2020 season:

RYU BEGINNING

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Toronto Blue Jays got their man on December 27, signing former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to an 80 million dollar contract over four years which will be ace for their staff

Although the team never officially named Ryu as their opening day starter, general manager Ross Atkins has indicated the direction in which the team is leaning.

“It’s going to be difficult to see a scenario where it’s not Ryu,” Atkins told media during spring training.

Late entry to the Hall of Fame Roy Halladay is the franchise leader in opening day starts, having launched the first throw of the season seven times, and the incumbent last season Marcus Stroman is now present for the New York Mets.

Ryu was no stranger at the start of the opening day when he took the ball last season for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping a point over six innings in a 12-5 victory.

TRASHING THE ASTROS

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After a season of revelations and a spring of generally avoided questions, Thursday would have been the first time the Houston Astros have faced the world of baseball in a game that matters since their cheating scandal hit the headlines.

The 2017 World Series Champions were set to open the home season against the Los Angeles Angels in a game that would surely have drawn national attention.

An off-season MLB investigation found that the Astros used video equipment at Minute Maid Park to steal billboards and then relayed them to the batter by hitting a trash can in the hallway to the clubhouse during their season. World Series Championship.

No players were suspended from the investigation, but manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were both banned from baseball for a year and sacked by the team.

The Astros led the league by hitting fields before training ended in the spring, a possible omen of what will happen when the season finally begins.

BETTS GOES HOLLYWOOD

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Los Angeles Dodgers to host San Francisco Giants on long-awaited Los Angeles debut Mookie Betts, acquired in what turned out to be a long and protracted deal that at one point was also going to involve the Minnesota Twins, but ended up being a two-team swap.

At Betts, the Dodgers added a former MVP, World Series winner, four times All-Star and three times Silver Slugger.

He is also 27 and has hit 29 homers with 80 RBI and a .295 batting average last season.

Betts is in the final year of his contract and will earn $ 27 million before trying his luck in free agency, unless the Dodgers sign it for an extension.

He’s just one of the best young players in the game.

DEFENSE OF TITLE

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The Washington Nationals finally overcame the difficulty in 2019, when the team that failed to win a playoff round won it all, winning the World Series in seven games against the Houston Astros.

Now the hard part begins.

The 2000 New York Yankees are the last team to successfully defend a World Series title by winning the last of three consecutive games for the Bronx Bombers.

The Nationals reportedly opened the season against the New York Mets at Citi Field in one of the first two games of the day.

Max Scherzer, who also got the ball to start the 2019 season, would likely have been on the mound to get things done for the defending champions.

PUJOLS SAYS HEY!

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert pujols enters the season with 656 career homeruns, placing him four behind “The Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays for fifth place on the all-time list.

The 40-year-old hit 23 home runs last season in 131 games, and although his production has slowed since his days with the Saint-Louis Cardinals, a few more regular seasons will pass him by Alex Rodriguez (696) and Babe Ruth (714) on the all-time list.

Pujols has not announced how long he plans to stay in the game, but we should see him wearing his former New York and San Francisco Giants legend at some point this season.

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