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The No-Trade NFL Mock Draft That Won’t Happen

ROBBINS NEST

By Lenn Robbins

You’ve got to hand to CBSsports.com.

For the last several weeks the experts have seemingly provided an NFL mock draft every day – sometimes two. There are one-round drafts, two-round drafts, three, five, seven. Drafts with trades. Drafts with no trades. Drafts based on each team’s fan base’s voting.

By the time Roger Goodell steps to the podium, or whatever stage they’ll have constructed in the commissioner’s Bronxville home’s basement, there will be millions of quasi-GMs around the country ready to boo or cheer their team.

Here’s how the draft should go –  with no trades allowed.

  1. Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU – In a draft riddled with questions: Who’s the best WR? Who’s the best OT? Who’s the second-best cornerback? The question of who’s the best QB prospect is not up for debate. The Andy Dalton era ends and the Burrows era begins; forget hand size.

2. Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State – The Redskins need a lot of help but unless they get a trade offer they can’t pass up, Ron Rivera sticks with his defensive roots. Washington’s offense doesn’t have enough to compete. But a defense with Young and Ryan Kerrigan might steal a game or two.

3. Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State – As with the Redskins, the Lions are fielding offers like bees to honey. Okudah is one of the most complete college corners we’ve seen. There’s a significant drop off at cornerback after Okudah so if the Lions are going to trade down, it’s going to take a monster offer.

4. Giants – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson – Ever since the Cardinals made Deone Bucannon a $LB in 2014, teams have been searching for hybrid defenders. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound Simmons runs a 4.39 40, the second-best time for a LB since 2003. The question? Does Dave Gettleman not take the Hog Mollie of his choice?

5. Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – The Dolphins reportedly have been flipping coins between Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, who shined in pre-draft workouts. Tagovailoa’s health – not just the serious hip injury – but the two ankle injuries (one surgery) and a quad injury – are real concerns.

6. Chargers – Tua Tagovailva, QB, Alabama – The Chargers know exactly what they have without Phillip Rivers and with Tyrod Taylor – no future at football’s most important position. Chargers fans need a reason to make the trek up I-5 to the new stadium they’ll share with the Rams. RED FLAG: Injury concerns.

7. Panthers – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn – Tough call for Carolina. They lost Gerald McCoy and Luke Kuechly. Derrick Brown could be a 10-year plug on the DL but Simmons, if he drops, can change a game with his ridiculous skill set. Can’t see the Panthers not finding that irresistible.

8. Cardinals –  Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa – The great debate after who is the best WR is who is the best OT. We favor Wirfs for his combination of athleticism and technique. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has built a tradition of producing technically sound, tough O-linemen. We love O-lineman that were wrestlers.

9. Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina – A penetrating interior lineman who uses his 6-foot-5, 324-pound frame to disrupt, well, everything. He gets to the QB better than Brown and he blocks kicks as well as sacking QBs. Just two years ago the Jags had one of the best young defenses. The rebuilding begins.

10. Browns – Jedrick Wills, Jr., OT, Alabama – They believe they have their QB in Baker Mayfield, who needs to stop talking and start playing at an elite level. In fairness to Mayfield, he needs better protection. Willis is a Day One starter. With a better line and his choice of weapons, Mayfield is out of excuses.

11. Jets – Meckhi Becton, OT, Louisville –Some have taken to calling Becton the Zion Williamson of OTs. Not a bad comparison for a man 6-foot-7, 364 pounds who can run a 5.2, 40 and dunk a basketball. RED FLAG: Becton could fall after having his drug test flagged at the NFL Combine.

12.  Raiders – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State – The Raiders also are moving into a new stadium, no less a new state. There’s a need at CB and there are two elite QB prospects next season –  Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. This has never been a patient franchise and Love can learn behind Derek Carr for a year.

13. 49ers – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma – A lot of mocks have Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy rated as the best WR and he is a terrific prospect. But Lamb has the ‘it” factor. Lamb opposite last year’s first round pick Deebo Samuel with George Kittle at TE takes this offense to the next level.

14. Bucs – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia – This just in, the Bucs have a new quarterback with six Super Bowl trophies and a chance to win another within the next two seasons. Protect Tom Brady at all costs. Thomas is maybe a half-tick lower than Wirfs, Becton and Wills, Jr. but maybe not.

15. Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama – Courtland Sutton, a 6-4 target and ball snatcher broke out last season. Team him with Jeudy, last year’s No.1 pick, TE Noah Fant, RB Melvin Gordon, and QB Drew Lock just might take the next step, ending John Elway’s QB curse.

16. Falcons – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida – The only CB in this draft that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Okudah is Henderson. His 4.39 speed and 6-foot-1, 204-pound frame give him the perfect makeup to emerge as a No.1 corner. He’s been trending up with the Bucs and 49ers showing interest.

17. Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU – Dallas has a tough choice here between addressing the defensive backfield and edge rusher. Relying on Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory as your rusher opposite DeMarcus Lawrence is like relying on Villanelle not to kill anyone on the next season of Killing Eve.

18. Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston – Just as the Bucs are all about Brady, the Fish are all about Herbert. Jones allowed just one sack and four pressures his senior season. If you think it was because he didn’t face elite competition at Houston, he was voted the top offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.

19. Raiders – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama – The thought of Jordan Love to Henry Riggs III conjures of memories of Daryle Lamonica to Fred Biletnikoff. Las Vegas could use a cornerback but opt for a WR for two reasons: the move to a new stadium and, well, it’s the Raiders. Imagine Ruggs vs Tyreke Hill twice a year?

20. Jaguars – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU – Henderson has a bit more speed but Fulton is the second-best corner in terms of press coverage. He plays with an edge. RED FLAG: Fulton was suspended for 2017 for falsifying specimen for a drug test. It was for marijuana. But, hey, it’s the Raiders.

21. Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU – In almost any other draft, Jefferson is the first WR off the board. In any other draft, the Eagles would never get a WR of this caliber at 21. Bottom line, they must get QB Carson Wentz a big-time WR. Both the player and the team win here.

22. Vikings – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State – With Everson Griffen gone, the Vikes need someone opposite Danielle Hunter. When you face Aaron Rodgers & Matt Stafford twice each season, you must get pressure. Vikings needs a WR but Gross-Matos is the last 1st-round rush end left. Mike Zimmer chooses defense.

23. Patriots – Zach Baun, OLB/DE, Wisconsin – The focus in New England, and throughout the NFL, is Tom Brady’s change of address. But this defense lost Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton. Baun is one of our favorites for his intelligence and versatility. In other words, he’s a Belichick player.

24. Saints – Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma – The Saints need to do everything they can to give Drew Brees his best chance at one last Super Bowl before he heads to the broadcast booth. The defense was solid if unspectacular last season. Murray, who plays nasty, becomes an anchor in the middle.

25. Vikings – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson – A lot has been made about Higgins’ comparably slow 4.54 40. But the 6-foot-4 Higgins is a beast in the red zone with a ridiculous catch radius. With Adam Thielen on one side, Higgins on the other, Kyle Rudolph over the middle and Davin Cook out of the backfield – wow!

26. Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia – Georgia has become Running Back U and Swift carries on that tradition. He has speed, vision, the ability to make defenders miss and will stick his nose in on pass protection. Miami loaded up the D in free agency. They’re all in on offense with a QB, OT and RB.

27. Seahawks – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan – For all of the brilliance of Russell Wilson, and that can’t be overstated, Pete Carroll loves to run the football. Ruiz is very agile for an inside interior lineman and he plays with a real nasty streak. It may not be a sexy pick but it’s the smart one.

28. Ravens – Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU – LSU has replaced Miami as my favorite college for NFL talent. The Tigers, especially on the defensive side, play with a speed and tenacity that’s a football purist’s joy to watch. Queen fits the mold. The Ravens have tried to cover up the loss of C.J. Mosley. Hasn’t worked.

29. Titans – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama – We went with an O-Lineman in our first draft but CB is a more of position of need with Ryan Logan apparently headed elsewhere. Diggs and Clemson’s A.J. Terrell are neck and neck. Diggs’ experience as a former WR gets the edge. Great hands.

30. Packers – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado – The Vikings believe they have a Super Bowl caliber roster. The loss of Stephon Diggs via trade needs to be addressed. With the ball in his hands Shenault Jr. is one of the most exciting players in this draft. RED FLAG: History of injuries based on physical play.

31. 49ers – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama – All any 49ers fan needs to do to find the No.1 position of need is to cue up a replay of the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill combined for 13 catches for 203 yards. The need is more CB than S, but McKinney can play either safety spot and is Day 1 talent.

32. Chiefs – Antoine Winfield, S/CB, Minnesota – This is my favorite defensive player in the draft because of the way he plays. Yes, he’s only 5-foot-9, 203 pounds but he hits like a man constantly in a bad mood. Injury history could turn off some teams, moving Clemson’s A.J. Terrell.

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This day in Sports, April 17Th by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

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4/17/05 Florida Marlins Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets relief pitcher #27 Mike Matthews dives for a ball and hurts his rib cage in the ninth inning. Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/07 Cleveland Indians Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Yankees Derek Jeter throws out Indians Victor Martinez for the second out of the first inning. Indians Grady Sizemore scores on the pay. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
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04/17/10 Texas Rangers Vs. New York Yankees at Yankees Stadium: #62 joba chamberlain reacts after getting a strike out in the 9th inning Neil Miller/The New york Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/11 Washington Capitals Vs. New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden NY Eastern Conference Quarterfinal: Capitals Alex Ovechkin reacts after he scores a goal in the second period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/17/13 Detroit Pistons Vs. Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Nets lead 60-48 at the half Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries #43 dunks the ball in the 1st half tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Live From Goodell’s Basement: The NFL Draft

ROBBINS NEST

By Lenn Robbins

A LIVE SPORTING EVENT!

O.K. it’s not a game or even a preseason game or even an exhibition, but Thursday night sports fans hungering for a live sporting event will be sated by the NFL Draft.

It may not be the Super Bowl but the draft is arguably the most important day of the year in a franchise’s fortunes. The undisputed winners will be ESPN/ABC and the companies that locked in ads long before COVID-19 decimated the sports landscape.

The ESPN/ABC family of networks televised the draft last season, posting a record 47.5 million viewers. The price for a 30-second ad cost in the mid $100,000. With no other game in town, last year’s record could be shattered.

If you haven’t been invited to a remote draft party, you will be. Or host your own. Start a pool in which everyone picks the first round and the most accurate prognosticators take home prize money. You’ll just have to use Venmo.

As for the draft itself, there could be a lot of trade action as quarterback hungry teams jockey to secure the rights of Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love.

 The Chargers, Dolphins, Raiders, Patriots and Saints all are in the market for their quarterback of the future. The Bears should be. The Titans need a backup to Ryan Tannehill.

A live sporting event is just 10 days away! Here’s our mock draft cheat sheet. Stay safe.

  1. Bengals – Joe Burrows, QB, LSU – In a draft riddled with questions: Who’s the best WR? Who’s the best OT? Who’s the second-best cornerback? The question of who’s the best QB prospect is not up for debate. The Andy Dalton era ends and Burrows era begins; forget hand size.

2. Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State – The Redskins need a lot of help but unless they get a trade offer they can’t pass up, Ron Rivera sticks with his defensive roots. Washington’s offense doesn’t have enough to compete. But a defense with Young and Ryan Kerrigan might steal a game or two.

3. Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State – As with the Redskins, the Lions are fielding offers like bees to honey. Okudah is one of the most college corners we’ve seen. There’s a significant drop off at cornerback after Okudah.

4. Raiders (from Giants) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama – Stunning trades and out-of-the box No.1 picks are part of the Raiders’ DNA. The franchise doubles down on its move to Vegas. They send the Giants their two, first-round picks –  12 and 19 – to the Giants, even though trading down is not in GM Dave Gettleman’s DNA.

5. Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – The Dolphins reportedly have been flipping coins between Tagovailoa and Herbert. By sitting tight, they don’t have to gamble on Tagovailoa’s health. Herbert is one of the smartest players in the draft and he answered a lot of questions through the predraft process.

6. Chargers – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State – The Chargers know exactly what they have without Phillip Rivers and with Tyrod Taylor – no future at football’s most important position. Chargers fans need a reason to make the trek up I-5 to the new stadium they’ll share with the Rams. Terrible.

7. Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson – Tough call for Carolina. They lost Gerald McCoy and Luke Kuechly. Derrick Brown could be a 10-year plug on the DL but Simmons can change a game with his ridiculous skill set. Can’t see the Panthers not finding that irresistible.

8. Cardinals – Meckhi Becton, OT, Louisville – Anyone claiming they know which of the four elite tackles will be selected first is not being honest. Becton is the biggest of the bunch and he possesses amazing athleticism (5.2 40 time) for a man listed at 6-7, 364-pounds.

9. Jaguars – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn – Just a few short years ago the Jaguars had one of the elite, young defenses in the NFL. Gone are Patrick Ramsey, Marcell Dareus, and Calais Campbell (Ok, not so young). We believe in building from the inside out.

10. Cardinals – Jedrick Wills, Jr., OT, Alabama – They have their QB in Khyler Murray and a great new target in D’Andre Hopkins (still find this hard to fathom). Time to make sure this connection stays healthy. Wills is a Day 1 starter.

11. Jets – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa – If this comes to fruition, Jets fans have reason to hope their luck is turning (finally!). Wirfs was coached at Iowa by Kirk Ferentz, a former longtime offensive line coach who has built a tradition of producing technically sound, tough O-linemen.

12. Giants (from Raiders) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia – If this comes to fruition, Giants fan have reason to hope their luck is turning. The Giants trade down and still get a starting OT. Next pick is just six spots away when Big Blue. Can they get another starter, on the other side of the ball?

13. 49ers – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama – Frankly we like CeeDee Lamb a tad more than Jeudy, but it’s impossible to argue against Jeudy’s 4.45 speed, broad jump of 10 feet, vertical jump of 35 inches and magnificent route running. He teams with Deebo Samuel and George Kittle to give Jimmy Garoppolo a terrific trio of targets.

14. Cowboys (from Bucs) – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida – The win-now Cowboys need to replace Byron Jones. Knowing the Falcons at No. 16 are in the CB market, Dallas trades up with Tampa Bay. Henderson has the speed and athleticism but he needs to hone his tackling.

15. Broncos – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma – Courtland Sutton, a 6-4 target and ball snatcher broke out last season. Team him with Lamb, last year’s no.1 pick TE Noah Fant, and Melvin Gordon, and Drew Lock just might take the next step, ending John Elway’s QB curse. Lamb is our favorite receiver in this WR-rich draft.

16. Falcons – K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU – Atlanta has a tough choice here between addressing the defensive backfield and edge rusher. When you’re in a division that now has Tom Brady and Drew Brees, you better be able to get pressure.

17. Bucs – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan – Every move the Bucs make must consider how it will maximize Tom Brady’s ability to excel. Jameis Winston was sacked 47 times. He also led the league with 677 drop-backs. And he is more mobile than Brady. Ruiz plays with tenacity and technique and he can play center or guard. Bucs mandate: Protect Tomba.

18. Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston – Just as the Bucs are all about Brady, the Fish are all about Herbert. Jones allowed just one sack and four pressures his senior season. If you think it was because he didn’t face elite competition at Houston, he was voted the top offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.

19. Giants – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina – After trading down for the first time, Gettleman thinks, “This isn’t a bad way to go!” If getting Thomas at No.12 wasn’t good fortune, getting Kinlaw here sure is. He’s a better rusher than Brown and more athletic.

20. Jaguars – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama – I’m still not sold on the Jaguars being sold on Gardner Minshew II, III, or IV. But even if this turns out to be a one-season audition, get the man the fastest receiver in the draft. Ruggs, seen as a Tyreek Hill-like weapon, certainly could be off the board by this point.

21. Eagles – Josh Jefferson, WR, LSU – And so begins the run on WRs. A healthy Carson Wentz can be as effective as almost any QB in the NFL, if he has legitimate targets. No receiver in this draft wins contested balls like Jefferson. He can play all three wide receiver positions.

22. Vikings – Brandon Aiyuk, WR,  – The loss of Stefon Diggs hurts. He’s is an upper echelon WR and keeps Adam Thielen from facing constant double teams. Denzel Mims, Baylor is bigger. Jalen Reagor, TCU is the most explosive. Any of the three could go here.

23. Patriots – Zach Baun, OLB/DE, Wisconsin – The focus in New England and throughout the NFL is Tom Brady’s change of address. But this defense lost Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton. Baun is a smart, versatile defender. In other words, he’s a Belichick player.

24. Saints – Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma – The Saints need to do everything they can to give Drew Brees his best chance at one last Super Bowl before he heads to the broadcast booth. We know the Saints can score. The defense was solid if unspectacular last season. Murray, who plays nasty, becomes an anchor in the middle.

25. Vikings – A..J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa – Everson Griffen is gone. The Vikes face two terrific passers – Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford –  twice each season. With Epenesa, who has a great motor, on one side and Daniel Hunter on the other, the Vikes should be able to get pressure.

26. Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia – Georgia has become Running Back U and Swift carries on that tradition. In addition to his speed, vision and ability to make defenders miss, Swift will stick his nose in on pass protection. He gives Herbert a serious upgrade over Jordan Howard.

27. Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State – The $17-18 million question is whether or not Jadaveon Clowney returns. The thinking here is that he heads to Cleveland, leaving a neglected defense with a major hole. Gross-Matos is one of the DE’s that is also good against the run.

28. Ravens – Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU – LSU has replaced Miami as my favorite college for NFL talent. The Tigers, especially on the defensive side, play with a speed and tenacity that football purist’s joy to watch. Queen fits the mold. The Ravens have tried to cover up the loss of C.J. Mosley but it’s time to address this second level of defense.

29. Titans – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State – Boise State doesn’t send a lot of players to the league in comparison to Bama, Ohio State, etc. But the ones that come off the blue turf have excellent success – DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, Matt Paradis, Alexander Mattison. The Titans offense is focused on Derrick Henry. Cleveland wowed in pre-draft workouts.

30. Packers – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson – After Devante Adams there is a significant drop off at the WR spot. With a QB such Aaron Rodgers, not having another top target on the opposite side is a waste of talent. Higgins is a step slower than the WRs that already have gone but at 6-4, he’s a red zone ball winner.

31. 49ers – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama – All any 49ers fan needs to do to find the No.1 position of need is to cue up a replay of the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill combined for 13 catches for 203 yards. Richard Sherman is still a quality corner but he’s 32.  McKinney can play either safety spot.

32. Chiefs – Antoine Winfield, S/CB, Minnesota – This is my favorite player in the draft because of the way he plays. Yes, he’s only 5-foot-9, 203 pounds but he hits like a man constantly in a bad mood. He’s instinctual, versatile and has great bloodlines. Only concern is that he hits so hard he hurts himself.

This day in Sports April 11th, by Neil Miller,The New york Extra/TheNYExtra.com

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4/11/05 Houston Astros Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium:Mets #30 Cliff Floyd hits a single to drive in two runs .Neil Miller /The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/11/06 – Kansas City Royals Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Opening Day/ #11 Gary Sheffield rips a base hit to left field Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
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04/11/11 Colorado Rockies Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell reacts after he walks off the mound after giving up three runs in the 8th inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
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04/11/16 Miami Marlins vs N.Y.Mets at Citi Field Queens NY New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz #32 pitches in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020

China, Deceit, Disease and Death, Part 3 by Neil Miller The New York Extra,TheNYExtra.com, additional reporting and editing by Toni Hoyos

On March 5, I published the 1st of 3 articles concerning the COVID -19 catastrophe, for which I was universally condemned for being racist and a xenophobe. Although my language in the first post was harsh, the points that I wrote seem to be accepted more widely now by everyday readers as since portrayed by the mainstream media. As time has progressed recent articles by the NY Times, USA Today and Yahoo News all agree with my thoughts. Please see the attached links to their stories.

Today as the virus ravages the world, it’s time for everyone all over the globe to rethink its economic, social, and governmental ties to the RED Chinese leadership. If you clearly look at their actions, you can only come to the conclusion that the Chinese seek to dominate, not cooperate with the world in their monetary policies. We should rethink the global supply lines and become more self sufficient and self reliant as a nation.

Furthermore the UN and other world bodies should investigate to see if the Chinese and their lack of actions led us to the place we are today. The largest compensation should be paid by the Chinese to the countries most affected by this pandemic. Perhaps, in our case, funding to the treasury to help pay for direct payments to the US citizens.

There’s no doubt of who the villain is and has been in the past! Let’s call out the Communist Chinese and make them pay!

This day in Sports, April 8th,by Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

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Logistics Say MLB Plan To Resume Can’t Be Possible

Logistics say that Major League Baseball games being played in Arizona  will be difficult to save the 2020 season. In other words this is complicated towards gearing for a June 1 start.

Lets be realistic here. The Coronavirus Pandemic has not reached that Apex. That is  a word we have all become accustomed to hearing and opinions vary as to what account is reliable.  It’s a day-by-day basis and of course safety is the issue.

You hear the word safe. You hear about keeping distance and staying home as we play baseball and sports to provide that diversion. Major League Baseball , though, with a plan to have all 30 teams play ball in Arizona in reality is a delusion.

As of Tuesday, and after a reported proposal was made Monday, their goal was to find a way to salvage the 2020 season. MLB reportedly is looking at all options with contingency plans, if anything, the idea has fans and the baseball world talking.

They, like me and you, want the season to start. Again, with a national health crisis, and never at this magnitude, we leave decisions to the medical authorities. Until they say otherwise normal business will not proceed. 

So with players and personnel, all home and in isolation, where do we go from here?  Reportedly, the MLBPA and MLB are in talks. Don’t expect any agreement and anytime soon. 

And a prevailing attitude here is this will go nowhere. It is just a buzz to keep fans interested. Major League Baseball, the owners, yes they are losing significant revenue. In the end, they will recover with their losses as owners have that security to do so.

If you ask this observer, after speaking to players and others involved in the game, the logistics are easy to understand and safety is the first issue as to why this proposal is absurd. 

Players are getting paid for two months as per agreement. The contracts for the most part are secured, but they are getting hit in the pocket and not getting the full.  

Locally, and with New York as the epicenter of this Coronavirus, don’t expect baseball in 2020. Regardless if the numbers go down, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium will remain dark. It is simple to understand that we are at risk even when this crisis abates and with no vaccine in site. 

The Mets have scattered to their homes around the country. Their spring training and minor league complexes  in Port St. Lucie Florida is closed. Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Dom Smith, Marcus Stroman, they are across the state in Tampa and finding a way to stay in baseball shape.

J.D. Davis, after a light workout Monday, packed the car with his wife and began their cross-country drive home to Elk Grove California. He, like other players, contacted by NYExtra.com had doubts about the MLB concept. 

J.D. Davis at the Thurman Munson Award Dinner /Feb 6 2020/neil Miller/ The New york Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

“It would be interesting, don’t know if it’s doable.” Davis said as he continued his journey across Texas.

There are concerns about placing 30 teams in hotels, limited number of venues that are minor league complexes, and summer weather extremes of heat in the desert.

“It’s such a big group to quarantine,” he said.  

There is that possible risk of a player or two testing positive for the virtus. In that unlikely event it would be players, families, a member of the coaching staff, umpires, stadium staff, and all  under quarantine. If so, the season is halted and it’s a question of why the risk?

“If the rosters expand, too many numbers, too many people,” Davis said. “All I can do is keep my body in shape and be ready if we get the call as if this was the offseason.”

And players would need another two to three weeks of spring training. You have to get them in place with many in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. 

Though, Davis would not commit to saying yes or no to the MLB plan. He had yet to read any of the proposed formats. Some of the formats to save the season  would include no fans, players keeping distance, no use of the dugouts, a robot umpire at home plate, and numerous double-headers of seven inning games. 

None of this seems logical, And how would owners divide any revenue? Gate receipts and concessions are a major revenue source. Television networks would fulfil their billion dollar agreements with MLB, but the assumption is this would be at a lower scale.

05/18/16 Washington Nationals vs NY Mets at Citifield Queens NY Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez #47 pitches in the 4th innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

“ Not logical, not making sense,” said White Sox pitcher Gio Gonzaelz when reached by phone at his home in the Miami area. “The world is out as a whole right now. It’s scary. It’s not fun. They don’t know how far this is going to go.  We all love baseball and want to be realistic.”

He added there is also that concern about a quarantine. “What am I going to do with my kids, my family? I’m not a robot, I’m not a lab rat.”   

Yes, the logistics of this are a concern. And with minor league systems also dark the need for a roster spot may not be possible in the event a player or two goes down with an injury. 

In the end, MLB is looking to provide that diversion. It worked after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. But this is so much different. We are fighting a war that has no remedy at the moment.

As one high ranking scout, also sitting on the sidelines said, “logistically it’s trying to go to the moon in a volkswagon  Too many obstacles.”  


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A Holiday Prayer, by Neil Miller, The New York Extra,TheNYExtra.com, additional reporting and editing by Toni Hoyos

As the spring holiday season approaches, we as a community need to give thanks for the blessings we have, even in this time of peril.

The covid-19 pandemic has swept across the globe sparing little in it’s path. The where, whys and hows of it’s origin and how it’s being handled should be put aside for the present time so that we may survive and thrive after this darkness.

As a Jew, this season brings thoughts of the last plague in Egypt, death surrounded the Hebrew slaves yet God spared them as the Angel of Death passed over their homes.. This thought is inescapable, as much as Easter, when Christ rose from the dead and was resurrected to new life, we should all look forward to the day of release, and celebrate a new spiritual life, with more love, tolerance and understanding.

So, when all our favorite restaurants, clubs and music venues return, and the time to rejoice has come, remember as we have that first meal, drink or dance, lets all thank God for the gifts of life.

This day in Sports,April 6th,by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

04/06/06 Washington Capitols vs New York Islander/Neil Miller/The New York Extra copyright 2020
04/06/06 NY Islanders vs NY Rangers @ MSG: /Rangers win 3-1 over the Islanders #68 jagr failed to score his 53 record goal, here being stopped by #39 dipietro and guarded by #14 campoli Neil Miller/ The New York Extra copyright 2020
004/06/10 NY Yankees vs Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston Ma neil yanks #62 Joba Chamberlain reacts after getting the final out in the 8th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra copyright 2020
4/06/13 Charlotte Bobcats Vs. Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center: Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez #11 reverse dunks the ball during the third quarter. Neil Miller/The New York Extra copyright 2020
04/06/24 NYPD vs NYFD hockey game at Nassau coliseum Both teams fight in a bench clearing brawl in the 2nd period NYFD #10 Joe Sanger throws punches in the 2nd period Neil Miller/The New York Extra copyright 2020
04/06/16 Houston Astros vs N.Y.Yankees at Yankee Stadium Bronx N.Y.New York Yankees lead 12-6 after 5 1/2 innings New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova #47 pitches in the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra copyright 2020
04/06/18 Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Bronx NY New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge #99 hits an rbi single in the rd inning Neil Miller /The New York Extra copyright 2020