Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.
Questions still loom on when MLB will return. Last week saw the war-of-words continue, even as some stadiums and workout facilities prepare to open to players.
News & Notes
$1500 - The cost of renting out the entire Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ Minor League ballpark. The team listed the property on Airbnb, marketing it’s field, batting cages, and clubhouse.
3/26 - The day the MLBPA and Major League Baseball reached their genera agreement on a postponed or canceled season. Since then, MLB has been leaking their expectation the players take part in some of the loss the teams anticipate. Since then, it’s been a media mess, creating an environment that looks less and less likely to end in Major League games being played this season.
4… - States that okayed the return of professional sports, by allowing training facilities to open this week. Florida, California, New York, and Texas. Last week the Marlins facilities opened, the Rays are available to go to the Trop this week.
31 / 476 - Wins and strikeouts that Felix Hernandez needs to reach the 200 wins / 3,000 strikeouts club. The 34-year-old signed a minor league contract with Atlanta, though him making the roster was never viewed as certain. Felix has said that the career milestones are his goals before hanging up his spikes for good.
In a sobering news story of last week, Starling Marte’s wife Noela died of a heart attack following admittance to the hospital for a broken ankle. Although details have not been made readily available to respect the privacy of the family, the tragedy is one that has shaken the Diamondbacks and baseball community at large. Noela is survived by Starling, and their two children, Starling Jr, and Tiana.
??? - Days until Opening Day.