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Baseball is coming back soon

July 17, 2020

Starting on Monday or Tuesday of next week, all Major League baseball teams will have exhibition games so that they can get used to playing with no fans in the stands. The games will count for real as of next Thursday. I hope the Phillies’ first exhibition game against the Washington Nationals will be broadcast on TV. I would really like to see that, and I know many of you would too.

It looks like the baseball season will start with no problems. It will be interesting to see what is happening two weeks to a month into the season when the teams are flying from city to city, but if proper protocols are followed, it may be a chance for some really good news.

With all of the precautions going on, I don’t think the Washington Nationals will be able to have any kind of a fan celebration for winning the World Series last year. That's a real shame and just another bizarre reality to how serious this is.

The MLS tournament is still going on despite the rough start. Thankfully, no other teams have had to pull out of the competition. The amount of TV coverage has been inconsistent, so I am confused as to who is doing well. I will report who wins at the end of the tournament.

The English Premier League will be the first league I follow to finish a season. There are only two games left. My favorite, Chelsea Football Club, is in third place. They will probably qualify for the Champions League, which is good progress for a young team. League Champion Liverpool is struggling to finish out the season because they won it all so early.

The NHL is supposed to start their season again in Canada on Aug. 1. They have come up with an interesting plan and will go directly to a playoff format. The Flyers are in fourth place to start out and can only improve their position in the playoff. I think the success of hockey starting up again will be important for the NFL to watch, since they are both contact sports to the extreme. It's all just so crazy, but hopefully all these startups will go smoothly.

Wishing you all a good weekend. Stay well!

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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