3. Marlins COVID-19 Outbreak Results in 7-Day Break for Phillies
Fans will always remember the infamous Miami Marlins series that began the 2020 season. The series will never be forgotten not because of the outcomes of the actual games — with Don Mattingly‘s team taking two of three — but because of the events that followed the July 26 finale.
It was reported that one-third of members from the Marlins organization who traveled to Citizens Bank Park tested positive for COVID-19, thus postponing the scheduled Phillies-Yankees series and delaying manager Joe Girardi‘s return to his former Yankee Stadium stomping grounds.
The Phillies ended up not playing again until August 3 — the longest drought between games for a Major League Baseball team since the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also went seven days between games after starting the 2014 season in Australia, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
For fans who waited months for Phillies baseball to return, getting to see three games and not knowing when the team would take the field again surely raised concern.
2. Roman Quinn: A Great Runner, Not So Great Bunter
Phillies center fielder Roman Quinn is most known for his speed, and there are statistics that prove he is among the fastest players in Major League Baseball. This past season, Quinn stole a team-high 12 bases and was not caught stealing across any attempt.
While the four-year veteran is above-average on the base paths, there are some areas in which he is below-average, particular when it comes to bunting. As Jomboy recently noted, Quinn made 56 bunt attempts in 2020. Just 14 of them either resulted in a hit (9) or sacrifice (5).
Twenty, meanwhile, resulted in a foul, 12 in an out, seven missed contact, and three ended in a fielder’s choice.
There is no doubt that bunting is a dying facet of professional baseball, but when Quinn fails to pick up either a hit or sacrifice across three-fourths of his attempts, surely there is room for improvement.