A three-state plan is reportedly on the table for Major League Baseball in 2020, but it may go beyond that. Ken Rosenthal says (via Fox Sports) that MLB could go to five, 10 or even 12 states in an effort to make a season happen. MLB has no idea when a season could potentially begin, but “there is a lot of motivation” among team owners to get things underway, according to Rosenthal.
- The coronavirus pandemic forced the Cape Cod League to cancel its 2020 season Friday. “The decision was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved,” the league announced. “Following CDC guidelines and medical recommendations, the league determined it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, umpires, host families, volunteers and fans during this unprecedented health crisis.” The season had been scheduled to begin June 13, but league executives unanimously voted to call it off, and it’ll be the first year without the college summer league since 1946. As noted by Teddy Cahill of Baseball America, considering the league’s importance for scouting and development, it’s a major blow to the players involved who won’t get to further prove themselves in 2020. Plenty of high-end talent has come out of the league in the past. According to the CCBL, “One in every six Major League Baseball players has played in the Cape Cod Baseball League.”
- MLBTR extends its condolences to the family and friends of former Orioles minor league left-hander Steve Dalkowski, who passed away of COVID-19 at the age of 80, per Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant. Dalkowski never pitched in the majors, but he nonetheless made quite a mark on the sport. Joe Posnanski of The Athletic recently wrote an interesting profile of Dalkowski, who could be both incredibly dominant and incredibly wild at the same time. He once struck out 24 and walked 18 in a game, and was also the author of a no-hitter in which he totaled 18 punchouts and free passes apiece; those were just some of the many statistical oddities in his career. There’s no footage of Dalkowski during his playing days, but Cal Ripken Sr. estimated that his fastball clocked in at 110 mph. Ted Wiilliams once called him “the fastest pitcher in baseball history.” If you’re familiar with the movie “Bull Durham,” the character of Nuke LaLoosh was based on Dalkowski. He also helped inspire the Steve Nebraska character in “The Scout.”