Two-time World Sequence champion Johnny Damon joined the “Fox News Rundown” podcast Thursday to debate Main League Baseball’s plans to play a 60-game common season as a result of coronavirus pandemic and what that would imply for the gamers.
“It’s going to be exciting, I mean, 60 games,” Damon mentioned in an interview with Jessica Rosenthal. “These guys can get off to a hot start and stay there and whoever gets off to the best start, I mean, they have the best chance to hold it together and end up winning because most of these teams are actually very close to each other as far as talent.”
“And I just hope everything stays on track because I know there’s more positive cases that are going to keep popping up,” Damon added. “I just hope that people don’t keep getting scared of it, and I guess I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we don’t take a step back from all the hard work that the American people have done.”
The 2-time All-Star informed Rosenthal that gamers contracting coronavirus in the course of the shortened season — which is scheduled to begin in late July — is “going to happen.”
“People are going to be affected by this,” Damon mentioned. “However I feel many of the baseball gamers who do not have the underlying well being points, they’ll come out of it and never even know that they’ve it.
“But,” Damon added, “you also have to worry about their families … people with health issues and also the older generation, like my mother. She’s almost 80 years old and we’ve been very careful with her the entire time.”
If there’s a World Sequence this fall, Damon likes one in every of his outdated groups to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy.
As for Damon’s choose to win the championship, he believes one in every of his outdated groups has the most effective likelihood.
“I really like the Yankees,” he mentioned. “[They] have a strong team.”
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Turning to the Nationwide League, Damon mentioned he had excessive hopes that his former supervisor Joe Girardi may discover success in his first yr with the Philadelphia Phillies.
“They had a really good team last year and now they have the best manager in baseball with Joe Girardi … ” Damon mentioned. “We all know what he was in a position to do with the Yankees and, you already know, he had an amazing staff with us in 2009 [when Girardi led Damon and the Yankees to their most recent World Series].
“And so Joe Girardi, like I said, best manager in baseball. And he’s going to do a lot of great things for the Phillies.”
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