These five MLB teams would be screwed if the 2020 season doesn’t happen.
Being a baseball fan certainly isn’t easy these days. The owners and players are still arguing over how to divide their 2020 revenues, holding the season hostage in the process.
The latest news involves a potential 50-60 game season mandated by the owners, a notion that the players could challenge with a grievance over whether or not there was truly a “good-faith effort” to play as many games as possible. If the worst-case scenario happens and we end up with no baseball at all these five teams would be screwed more than others.
5. The New York Yankees would squander a prime championship opportunity
Entering the season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the New York Yankees would be the favorites to win the American League. The addition of Gerrit Cole gave the Yankees the ace they desperately needed while teams like Houston and Boston got significantly worse.
There were certainly health concerns for the Yankees in spring training as Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino all went down with injuries. All but Severino could be ready for the start of the season, giving New York the chance to rampage in a schedule that would primarily take place against their own division.
Wasting a prime year of Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and company would be a criminal offense for Yankees’ fans. The only solace they could take is that this group would still be heavily favored to win again in 2021.