Aug 01, 2020
Yankees Finally Return Home To The Bronx As More Teams Postpone Games Due To COVID-19
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Baseball is back in the Bronx on Friday.
After being postponed twice, the Yankees home opener will finally happen.
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The joy of baseball’s return to the Bronx is overshadowed by coronavirus postponements.
It’s a growing trend for a sport that just returned to action last week.
The Yankees are set to play their first home game of the season Friday, and they come in off an emotional win highlighted by a ninth inning home run by Aaron Judge.
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It’s the latest in a series of twists and turns for the Yankees, who have had extended stays in hotels, bused from Philly to Baltimore and forced to remain flexible in an uncertain time.
But along the way, they’ve won. At 4-1, they’re tied for the best record in baseball in a season that still seems very fragile, CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reports.
“I don’t think any one of us could have predicted how this pandemic is ultimately going to unfold or how it’s unfolded to this point, you know? Where we were ground zero here and where now, our area has been one of the better places now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously a day-by-day thing that we’re living with and doing the best we can to navigate.”
Baseball is constantly altering protocols. Now each team will have a compliance officer to make sure players and staff adhere to safety codes.
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The Wizards have lost all 4 of their games in the bubble and now trail a team that isn't even playing
Rui Hachimura. Kim Klement/Pool Photo/AP Images
- The Washington Wizards have lost all four of their bubble games and are now 24-44 on the season.
- Their .353 win percentage actually puts them lower in the standings than the 23-34 Charlotte Hornets, who were not even invited to the bubble.
- The Wizards are without their top two scorers in the bubble, but many thought they were needlessly invited to resume the NBA season.
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The Washington Wizards were given a chance to make a run at the playoffs in the NBA bubble, but it has not gone well so far.
The Wizards are 0-4 in the bubble and have fallen to 24-44 on the season. Their .353 win percentage puts them at 10th in the Eastern Conference, a hair below the Charlotte Hornets, who at 23-43, were not even invited to the NBA's bubble.
The fall lends further support to critics' arguments that the Wizards should not have been invited to the bubble in the first place. Some have felt that the NBA invited too many teams back, with each additional person representing further risk of COVID-19 in the pandemic.
The NBA brought back 22 teams to resume the season, 13 in the Western Conference, and 9 in the East. While the Wizards were 5.5 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, they were also just 24-40, hardly competitive for the duration of the season.
However, the NBA also introduced a play-in "tournament" for the eighth seed, so bringing nine Eastern Conference teams back created the possibility of a tournament in the East.
The Wizards were only further hurt by Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans, the team's top two scorers, opting out of the bubble. That left rookie forward Rui Hachimura as the team's top scorer still on the roster.
And it's not as if Washington has been particularly competitive so far. Through four games, the Wizards have been outscored by 41 points and have a -10.3 net rating (score differential per 100 possessions).
It only gets worse from here for the Wizards: three of their next four games are against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks, and Boston Celtics, three of the top nine teams in the NBA.
FiveThirtyEight gives Washington less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs.
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