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Baseball’s Past and Future, a Contest

This has been a rough few months for baseball fans, to say the least. We can all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic seems like the worst thing that has even happened in the entire history of the sport, except for maybe the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, or the 2019 Sign Stealing Scandal, or all the PED Scandals, or the Strike of 1994, but that’s beside the point. We as fans must remain positive that this season will still happen, and that is beginning to look like a real possibility.

For those who live under a rock, the MLB is considering a revised 82-game regular season with a 14-game postseason that would see all 30 teams returning to the diamond as soon as July. The new plan outlines how divisions will be split, with interleague play now the norm, with new divisions redrawn regionally to ensure that teams will not be traveling cross country and minimizing any potential threat of spreading the virus. Some of the new rules include the Designated Hitter rule becoming universal. In lieu of using dugouts, players would instead sit in the stands, maintaining the 6-foot minimum social distancing protocols.

Sounds like a dream for the fans, right? Wrong, nightmare! The new plan stipulates that absolutely no fans would be allowed to enter the stadiums during games, and the only way to view the game is on broadcast or, I guess maybe a hot air balloon if you have one. While government officials from the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of heath are supportive of the plan, there are still some major hang-ups with the finer details of the proposal.

As discussed, with no fans in attendance, team owners are majorly concerned with the financial turmoil this situation poses for their bottom line. Many players have come out in the last week speaking out against a number of issues in the proposal that is still awaiting MLBPA approval. Some of the major issues that have been called out includes the proposed reduction of income for players due to the loss of concession revenue and the halved season, as well as the perceived lack of concern for the players and staff’s health and safety in utilizing the new measurements. MLB stated that the health and safety of all those involved remaining the paramount issue.

In the meantime, what can we do as fans do to assure we all get our dopamine fix that baseball would have provided us? Maybe a good ole fashion wang-measuring contest about our favorite players from the earliest days of the game to the modern age. Will the young stars of today have a more rings on their fingers and records under their belts than these historical icons? Cast your vote on each matchup below and continue to pray to the Baseball Gods that we will see Opening Day 2020 in the coming weeks.

  • Question of

    Pete Alonso v. Pete Rose

    • “Pistol Pete”
    • “Charlie Hustle”
  • Question of

    Gerrit Cole v. Nolan Ryan

    • “Cole Train”
    • “The Ryan Express”
  • Question of

    Bryce Harper v. Ken Griffey Jr.

    • “Mondo”
    • “The Kid”
      OAKLAND, UNITED STATES: Seattle Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. watches his second home run sail out of the park 22 September against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, CA. The home run gave Griffey 55 home runs so far this season and only six short of tying the record of 61 in a season by New York Yankees player Roger Maris in 1961. The Mariners defeated the A's, 4-2. AFP PHOTOS John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Question of

    Nolan Arenado v. Alex Rodriguez

    • “Nado”
      Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado dives for a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock before making the play and throwing to first base for the out during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    • “A-Rod”
      NEW YORK - MAY 26: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees fields the ball against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 26, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alex Rodriguez
  • Question of

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. v. Vladimir Guerrero Sr.

    • “Son”
      Apr 26, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounds out against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
    • “Dad”
  • Question of

    Ronald Acuña Jr. v. Willie Mays

    • “El Abusador”
    • “The Say Hey Kid”
      San Francisco Giants Willie Mays batting in game
  • Question of

    Adley Rutschman v. Mike Piazza

    • Nickname currently pending
    • “The Pizza Man”
  • Question of

    Fernando Tatis Jr. v. Derek Jeter

    • “El Niño”
    • “The Captain”
  • Question of

    Aroldis Chapman v. Mariano Rivera

    • “The Cuban Missile”
    • “Sandman”
  • Question of

    Mike Trout v. Babe Ruth

    • “King Fish”
    • “The Great Bambino”
      New York Yankees great Babe Ruth

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Written by Matt Sullivan

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