*Jared "Crazy Eyes" Hughes opted out of his contract with the Astros, who inexplicably didn't add him to their 40-Man Roster.
*Astros' minor-leaguers - you know, the future of the organization - will get some temporary relief from the Big-League club. 2019 3rd Round pick Jordan Brewer:
Which would be kind of funny being back at home and everyone sees this professional baseball player doing DoorDash. They'd ask if it was some kind of joke. No. Like, I need the money.
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*The Athletic's Jake Kaplan has a mailbag in which he addresses the Astros' all-time Houston lineup, 2020 outfield, and future Opening Day starters.
*Chris Sale will miss all of 2020 and most of 2021, if not all, after he undergoes Tommy John Surgery, which seems awfully non-essential to me given the state of the current global pandemic, but some Sully from Brookline will happily do it in his attic.
*Yahoo's Tim Brown and Hannah Keyser have a Coronavirus FAQ on the what/ifs of when (with a very pointed "If") baseball is played in 2020.
*Upwards of 40 minor-league teams might not make it through the season if they can't play games.
*Eno Sarris, Trent Rosencrans, and Jayson Stark came up with their own, home-made, version of "Codebreaker" and how to break it. You can download it for Excel. There's Tyler Bauer quotes. You can get a 90-Day Free Trial from The Athletic. I hitched my wagon to The Athletic's policy on free-lancing, and then I got dropped like 3rd Period French when they moved the goalposts, but they still churn out Good Content.
*The 2020 Draft might get canceled with the possibility of a combined 2020-2021 Draft being considered..
*The self-quarantine for UH's baseball team has been lifted.
*All UIL activities have been suspended/postponed though May 4.
Thank you, Texas, for the outpouring interest from people looking for ways to lend a hand at H-E-B. Here are a few things you can do to help! #COVID19 #TexasStrong #SlowtheSpreadTexas pic.twitter.com/ujCFaMX6qI— H-E-B Newsroom (@HEBNewsroom) March 19, 2020
*Sean Payton has it. My wife's 27-year old cousin tested positive (and is in quarantine) as of Wednesday. So many more of us who don't even show symptoms have it. Stay home.
Just spoke with a doctor, who works in a hospital ER in the U.S.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) March 19, 2020
His synopsis: "we don't have enough masks, we don't have enough testing units, the nasal swab test is 62% sensitive (accurate)," and on he went.
His advice? "Stay the fuck home. It's not worth going out."
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