There’s just one guarantee as Major League Baseball aims to wedge an 80-plus game schedule and expanded playoffs into a pandemic-driven four-month window: Roughly half the season is gone forever.
Some franchises have pointed to 2020 for several years as the moment their plans would coalesce. Others decided, in a more impetuous fashion, to go all-in on this season. And dozens of players will lose wages, statistics, records and indelible pieces of their legacies they can never get back.
But like everything amid the fallout from COVID-19, some will lose more than others.
Provided health and financial concerns are mitigated, everyone will get a shot at the 2020 World Series. But here are the teams and individuals who will most feel the gut punch that comes with a lost half-season of baseball: