LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After a four-month delay, the Boys in Blue are swinging their method into Opening Day – however with out their ace or Dodger followers on the sport.
The Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off their truncated 60-game season in opposition to the San Francisco Giants Thursday night time in Dodger Stadium.
Each groups took a knee throughout a second of silence earlier than the nationwide anthem performed.
Because the nationwide anthem started, Mookie Betts, who signed a 12-year cope with the Dodgers the day prior, remained on his knee whereas teammates Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy positioned their fingers on his shoulders.
Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to take the mound, however was positioned on the injured record due to again stiffness Thursday afternoon.
Proper-hander Dustin Might was recalled and can begin instead of Kershaw. It makes the 22-year-old Might the primary Dodger rookie pitcher to start out on opening day since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.
Might was 2-Three with a 3.63 ERA in 14 video games in 2019, together with 4 begins.
Whereas the ballpark shall be empty, the Dodgers have thus far offered 4,500 cardboard cutouts of followers which have been have been positioned within the seats. The $800,000 raised has gone to the L.A. Dodgers Basis charity.
The Dodgers, one of many favorites to succeed in the World Collection due to their stacked roster, kick off the season simply at some point after agreeing to a staggering 12-year, $365 million cope with outfielder Mookie Betts, the richest contract in Main League Baseball historical past.
The Dodgers shall be piping in music and crowd noise to provide the gamers as shut a really feel as potential to having followers.
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Skilled sports activities is in uncharted territory within the post-coronavirus world. How the season performs out is anybody’s guess.
“The final word unscripted actuality present,” Dodgers historian Mark Langill informed CBSLA Wednesday. “How boring wouldn’t it be if we knew what was gonna occur? I believed we have been going to have Opening Day in April, and look what’s occurred. We’re a mirrored image of society, and the way nice that the Dodgers can be capable of present this to the neighborhood so far as, be capable of play, be capable of, we’re all on this collectively, that has so many alternative causes and meanings, and so, who is aware of what’s going to occur. That’s the enjoyable half.”
First pitch was at 7 p.m. and airs on ESPN.
Till the playoffs, all of the Dodgers video games shall be on the West Coast. Forty of the 60 video games shall be interdivisional, and the opposite 20 interleague video games shall be in opposition to groups in their very own geographic space to be able to restrict journey.
MLB introduced earlier this month that the 2020 All-Star Recreation, which was set to happen at Dodger Stadium, had been canceled. Since Atlanta has already been chosen to host the 2021 All-Star Recreation, L.A. will host once more in 2022.
MLB was compelled to delay the deliberate March 26 begin to the season because of the coronavirus. In late June, after weeks of tense negotiations, the MLB house owners and the gamers’ union and the house owners reached a deal on a shortened season. In preparation, the Dodgers started a second model of spring coaching on July 3.