Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Baseball is back, in South Korea at least. The KBO had its Opening Day on Tuesday, which was late Monday night here in California. It’s a 10-team league that plays a 144-game schedule, and they’re still hoping to play the full slate. However, they’ll do so without fans in the stands, and they’ll pause the season if any players or coaches get infected.
We’ll have more about the KBO in a separate post (here it is!), including details about some former A’s players who are playing in the league. For now, check out links below by John Hickey (Sports Illustrated), R.J. Anderson (CBS), Craig Calcaterra (NBC), and ESPN, for more info on the KBO and its newly launched 2020 campaign.
ESPN2 is airing one KBO game each night, so check the link below for info on when to watch. If you missed the opening game last night, then it’s re-airing on ESPN2 at noon PT and again at 11:30 p.m. PT tonight. (I’m pretty sure those are the Pacific times, not the Eastern ones? Double check to make sure if you’re planning to tune in.)
Here in the U.S., Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reported on the financial incentive of players to get the MLB season started. Over five dozen players stand to earn $100,000 per game, with four top names banking more than $200,000 each time they take the field. None of this is necessarily news, just an analysis of contract info that was already available to the public, but it’s still interesting to see it all broken down in the AP’s analysis (see link below).
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MLB News & Interest:
- ESPN: Everything you need for KBO opening day
- ESPN Reaches Agreement to Televise Six Live KBO League Games Per Week in U.S.
- Anderson: Everything to know about Korea Baseball Organization
- Calcaterra: Why they’re playing baseball in KBO and why we’re not playing here
- Blum: AP Exclusive: Trout, Cole top 65 to earn $100,000 per game
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- Byrne: Has Seattle Found Its Solution At Short?
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Best of YouTube:
Some of last year’s fireworks, to celebrate Star Wars Day.
Best of Twitter:
Want some good baseball news??— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) May 4, 2020
I just heard from multiple sources that on June 10th, Spring Training 2 will start. July 1st will be Opening Day and all teams will be playing at their home ballparks.
We’ll be discussing it in full on the next @TalkinBaseball_
Keep your eye on the ball, if only so you don’t look behind you
Getting creative during weird times
KT Wiz held a socially distant first pitch before their game today pic.twitter.com/DR0R9wulRi— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) May 5, 2020
Almost had our first blooper of the season
The home plate umpire just saw his entire life flash before his eyes. He owes that catcher dinner. pic.twitter.com/xblXY3X8lG— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) May 5, 2020
Heartwarming video of the day
First homer in front of his biggest fan. This is awesome.— MLB (@MLB) May 4, 2020
(via corymotivationbaseball/IG) pic.twitter.com/gy7dcA1Zqp
Happy 168th birthday to Oakland! Monday was the anniversary of the town’s incorporation in 1852.