A year ago I wrote about my wish list for 2021, which in many ways came true: We got a full season of MLB and a nearly full season of MiLB, albeit in ways that were very different:
- Six-game homestands against a single opponent
- Every Monday off
- Heavily weighted schedules with up three dozen games against the same team
But looking over that post, some things have not changed. Hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients—most of whom are unvaccinated—and the outlook for January 2022 is bleak despite multiple vaccines that are free and widely available. Schools are closing and/or going virtual. Mask mandates are being debated (as if belief, um, trumps science). Lines for coronavirus testing look like those for the polls in minority neighborhoods.
So I think you can understand why it would be specious to do another “wish list” post. I am still wishing for a return to normality and to be able to talk about baseball and prospects. But the pandemic and the unrest – the MLB lockout is functionally equivalent to MLB-MiLB coup d’état – are still making things difficult. The site’s not gone dark, there’s just nothing going on.
As always, when I put up a post like this, I sincerely hope it’ll shake something loose. Perhaps a post from BA, MiLB, or Fangraphs that’s better than what MLB has been passing through its bowels. (What’s next? The top 10 pitchers who are under 6′ tall?)
As always, feel free to post in the comments to keep the
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