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San Francisco Giants commit to cardboard cutouts instead of fans for 2020 season

San Francisco Giants commit to cardboard cutouts instead of fans for 2020 season

Whether fans will be able to see live-action baseball from a stadium seat this season remains to be seen. MLB has not ruled it out or enacted a league-wide plan in its 2020 season agreement with the players. 

The San Francisco Giants, though, have ruled that no fans will be allowed at Oracle Park this year. And in their place, season ticket holders will be allowed to submit photos to be used as cardboard cutouts in the seats. 

San Francisco is not the first team to allow some sort of fandom to be seen in its home stadium. Other leagues and teams across the globe have put in cardboard cutouts, some of their fans to give a more welcome - or maybe disturbing - environment as they return to action from the coronavirus. 

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Some fans even got clever with 'who' they submitted a picture of...

Better just hope that whoever is screening these photos doesn't let anything slip on by. 

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O's no: Nationals are Maryland's favorite team based on ticket sales

O's no: Nationals are Maryland's favorite team based on ticket sales

The Washington Nationals may not be located in the state of Maryland, but that didn't stop them from bringing in more fans from the area than the Baltimore Orioles in 2019.

According to The Active Times, which broke down 2019 ticket sales state-by-state through Vivid Seats, it was the Nationals who came out as the top team in Maryland. The Nationals also took the crown in Virginia and Washington D.C., giving the World Series champions a clean sweep of the DMV.

The results south of the district are not too shocking, as the Nationals are the home team in D.C. and situated closer to Virginia. As for Maryland, the 2019 season for Washington and Baltimore lends itself to the NL squad bringing in more fans. 

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Despite a slow start, Washington turned things around and made a run to a World Series. That success will always correspond to a larger crowd at the ballpark, especially for those who are in the area. The Orioles on the other hand spent 2019 in the early stages of a rebuild, meaning winning didn't come as often as some may hope. The team has a beautiful ballpark and some of the most loyal fans in baseball, but there's no denying that some games during the campaign were a little hard to watch.

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When it comes to the 2020 season, there will be no telling who the more popular team is, at least in terms of ticket sales. With little to no fans expected to be in attendance, it'll just have to be called a draw. 

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Patrick Corbin posts tribute to Tyler Skaggs one year after his death

Patrick Corbin posts tribute to Tyler Skaggs one year after his death

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an accidental drug overdose on July 1, 2019, putting the baseball in a community in a state of mourning over the sudden loss of the lefty’s life.

Among those affected the most by his death was Nationals starter Patrick Corbin. Skaggs and Corbin were both drafted by the Angels in 2009 before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks together a year later. They became close friends while working through minor leagues, each making their MLB debut in 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels in 2013, but the two starters remained friends.

Only one day after Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room, Corbin took the mound for an emotional start against the Miami Marlins. He obtained permission from MLB to wear Skaggs’ No. 45 on the back of his jersey instead of his usual No. 46. Against all odds, the left-hander went seven strong innings allowing just one run on six hits with seven strikeouts.

He marked the one-year anniversary of Skaggs’ death Wednesday by posting a picture of the jersey he wore that day on Instagram with the words “RIP Tyler, we miss you” written across the photo.

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Ten days after Corbin’s start, the Angels all wore Skaggs jerseys for their first home game following their teammate’s death. Los Angeles went on to throw a no-hitter that afternoon before laying out their jerseys on the mound after the game. Inexplicably, the last no-hitter to be thrown in California before that game was on July 13, 1991—the day Skaggs was born.

Skaggs’ death remains part of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration into how many people within the Angels’ organization knew about the pitcher’s drug use prior to his death.

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