Players Taking Care of Players, Concerns About College Baseball Because of College Football, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Players Taking Care of Players, Concerns About College Baseball Because of College Football, and Other Cubs Bullets

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It’s no surprise that major film releases have been delayed right now, and that means pushing back the entire Phase 4 slate of Marvel flicks (booooo – but I understand! – but booooo). ‘Black Widow’ now won’t drop until Nov. 8, ‘The Eternals’ on Feb. 12, ‘Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ on May 7, 2021, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ on Nov. 5, 2021, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ on Feb. 18, 2022, ‘Black Panther 2’ on May 6, 2022, and ‘Captain Marvel 2’ on July 8, 2022. Here’s hoping the Disney+ releases of ‘Wandavision’, ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Loki’ won’t be impacted because of the interweaving timelines. Folks are going to need their at-home Marvel content ASAP!

That reminds me: Disney+ has basically everything you could want from the Marvel universe, so check it out here, with a free trial or a bundle sign-up, and support BN in the process.

  • Some additional support for players who were in camp as non-roster invitees, but who otherwise wouldn’t have received the April and May funds apportioned as part of the MLB/MLBPA agreement:

  • Jayson Stark takes a fascinating look at the way college baseball is going to be transformed by the COVID-19 fallout, and not JUST because of the way the MLB Draft has changed:

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about how the shrinking of the draft (and bonus deferrals) could reduce the pool of talented players coming to professional baseball, and also a good bit about how the draft changes will also lead to an untenable glut of players on major college rosters. But what I hadn’t really considered until Stark explored it: with more and more revenue-generating college sports impacted, universities will have MUCH less money to apportion to the non-revenue sports (like baseball is for a lot of schools). That means, for a very specific example: if college football is a no-go this fall, it would be like a financial bomb exploding at a lot of these colleges, and baseball – among other sports – would be directly affected. Then, in turn, if college baseball is fundamentally damaged by the inability for schools to support it, the talent pipeline to MLB and MiLB further erodes.
  • Among the quotes: “If there’s no college football this year, that’s kind of the doomsday scenario,” via Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich. “Holy cow. If there’s not a football season, it’s gonna be scary …. The biggest threat to college baseball is no college football season,” via TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle.
  • Anthony Rizzo and his family foundation continue to do great work:

  • The South Bend Cubs have some words:

https://twitter.com/SBCubs/status/1246105179709231106

  • I love this, and I love all of you:

  • Thank you, Michael, for sacrificing your marriage so we could have #Sports #Content:

  • (In all seriousness, Michael has indicated they both have good fun with this video now in hindsight. As they should. Because it’s great.)
  • Gardening and outdoors stuff at Amazon while you’re at home maybe doing a little extra work outside as the weather turns? #ad
  • Meanwhile, the Bulls are finally making real change, and the Bears are having a QB competition:

 



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.