MLB Barometer: Will Games without Fans Favor Hitters?

MLB Barometer: Will Games without Fans Favor Hitters?

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

Plans to reopen the baseball season continue to percolate, though this past week was somewhat light on specific developments. The league and the players' union have initiated a conversation on the various safety measures that will be necessary if baseball is to come back during the middle of a pandemic, though the details have yet to be finalized.

Meanwhile, discussion on the more thorny economic issues appears set to take place this week, with owners continuing their attempts to renege on an agreement made with the players in March regarding their prorated salaries. Reporters generally seem optimistic that a deal will eventually be reached and that baseball will eventually be played, but it may not be until next week that we can properly analyze all of the specific oddities which will define the upcoming season.

In the meantime, the KBO in South Korea and the CPBL in Taiwan continue to play. Those leagues, especially the KBO, as it's being shown six days a week on ESPN, are doing their part to scratch the itch for baseball-starved fans in America, at least those who are willing to deal with time-zone differences or re-broadcasted games. (Here's a shameless plug for our KBO content for those who are still holding out on the best baseball being played in the world right now. The games are worth watching, and the wide-open fantasy landscape rewards players who bother to do their research, like, say, people who are still reading fantasy baseball articles 10 weeks after

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Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire. He also covers KBO, NPB and CPBL daily fantasy contests.
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