If they can pull it off, Major League Baseball’s 2020 season will be an audacious experiment in the oddest of labs – and we’re not just talking about massive stadiums where the only fans may be of the virtual or cardboard variety.
Other tests will come in clubhouses redesigned to keep players apart. And the dugouts limited only to a few occupants, relegating less-essential players and coaches to the stands. And the pregame meetings held not in an intimate meeting space, but rather via Zoom.
It all begs a simple question: If you strip away the elements that have bonded ballplayers for years, can you still create chemistry?