While the MLB will most likely have a season, which will start on July 23rd, many are saying that the World Series winner will not be a “legit” and “real” winner. This is primarily because of the 60-game shortened season. This article will tell you that the statement is absolutely false.
First of, all the players are going to be playing 60 games in 66 days. Although this season may not be a 162 games, players only have a mere six days off (!) to compete. That amount of games in such a short amount of time is simply, a marathon. Players are going to have to adjust big time in order to do this. Not only that, but injuries will have a much worse affect on teams, as players won’t have much time to heal and get back on the field.
And then there’s the elephant in the room; the global pandemic. COVID-19 has affected this entire country, including many athletes that have contracted the virus. In normal circumstances, sure, a shortened season wouldn’t have a true champion. We’ve gone months without other sports including baseball. This is the chance to bring back a piece of normalcy.
This season isn’t only about the amount of games played, it’s about the comeback. The way we’ve fought through the tough times. Look at 2001 for example. Even though the Yankees did not win the World Series, it is still remembered by fans as the rebound from the tragedy of 9/11.
After everything that has happened and continues to happen, remember that baseball is back. Players will have a short time to prepare before they take the field to start the season. They will battle through health protocols, some will come down with the virus, and they will fight their way through to the World Series. Competition will be a lot stronger in this short amount of time. As many may say, survival of the fittest.
At the end of the day, whoever hoist the championship trophy will be a legitimate champion. Baseball is back!
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