Play ball! Tigers open strange season; Lions and NFL testing and training

Fat Guy Corner



The month of July is winding down and we will head into August. This is normally the time baseball season settles into the dog days of summer. The year 2020 has changed that as baseball has just played its first weekend of baseball. I want to say numerous story lines emerged over the weekend with COVID-19 taking center stage.

We will begin with Miami Marlins who have 14 players or staff testing positive for the virus. These cases of COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Miami and Baltimore game in Miami on Monday night. It also forced the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies game to be postponed Monday night. This has put baseball season in jeopardy in my opinion. How can some teams continue a season if, say roughly, 20% of the players are unable to continue their season? I will be monitoring the situation this week and see how it ends up playing out.

The MLB injury front has Corey Kluber of the Texas Rangers who threw just 18 pitches before leaving the game with injury. The fact is Corey had not thrown a pitch in almost 15 months does not bode well for the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner. The other key injury was to Justin Verlander the ex-Tiger now with Houston as we all know who follow the Tigers. A report came out he was done for the season on Sunday night. However Justin on Monday says he suffered forearm tightness and will not be out for the season. I tend to think Verlander will pitch again this season and Houston needs him too!

The next piece of baseball news is our beloved Tigers took two of three from the Cincinnati Reds. Who could have predicted that?? If you say you did, you’re a liar. The Reds are a sexy pick to win their division and do some damage in the 2020 baseball playoff season. As I write this on Monday, the Tigers are tied with Minnesota and Cleveland for first place!! I put that in because I wanted to say the Tigers

were in first place! I feel as though this is the only week I would get the opportunity to say it. The Tigers opened up at Comerica on Monday night with the lowly Kansas City Royals for four games. The next three at home with the Reds again followed by two games at home with St. Louis. The noise at Comerica Park will be silent which stinks playing in front of zero fans. Go Get ‘Em Detroit Tigers!

NFL training camps will open as the Lions make a bid for another Super Bowl Championship. Oh, wait, OOOOOPS! Sorry, they have never been to a Super Bowl. My mistake. The Lions will attempt to make their first Super Bowl ever here in 2020. I don’t like their chances to be honest. The training camp opens on July 28th. The COVID testing takes place July 28th through the 31st.

The players physicals will be August 1st and 2nd. The dates August 3rd through the 11th will be strength and conditioning only. The players get 60 minutes of weight room and 60 minutes on field conditioning. The August 12th through 16th practices will begin and rosters must be cut on the 16th from 90 players to 80 players. The next dates are August 17th through September 6th full practices with pads can occur. However only 14 days of the 21 days of padded practices are allowed. I say welcome to COVID-19 NFL Football.

The NFL had big trade news as the New York Jets sent disgruntled safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks sent safety Bradley McDougald to the Jets. The Seahawks, I thought, gave up too much sending a number one pick to New York in 2021 and 2022 along with a 2021 third rounder. The disgruntled Adams was knocking the organization and the head coach Adam Gase forcing the move by the Jets. I hope the move by Seattle works out for them as they gave up two number ones in the deal. I can be reached at