Michael Hill isn’t used to this.
It’s early April. Baseball is supposed to be in full swing.
Instead, the Miami Marlins’ president of baseball operations has to resort to throwback games, old radio calls and watching his kids play simulated games on their PlayStation if he wants to watch America’s pastime.
“I’ve been trying to get my fix any way possible,” Hill said Thursday on a conference call.
Major League Baseball postponed its season four weeks ago because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. When it will return and in what format are still unknown. Numerous hypotheticals are being discussed by the MLB and the MLB Players’ Association, including a recent report unveiled by ESPN that would quarantine all 30 teams in Phoenix and play games without fans as early as May.
In the grand scheme of things, Hill said, that’s secondary at this point. Hill won’t speculate on the what ifs and doesn’t intend to think about a timeline for when baseball will resume.