Mark Shapiro, the President and CEO of the Blue Jays, is only under contract until the end of the 2020 season. What happens now for him in Toronto?
There will be a lot of complicated variables for MLB executives to navigate over the coming weeks and even months, and I imagine things will be very much in limbo until we have some answers about the future of baseball in 2020.
That’s the unfortunate reality for the players, the fans, and for the front offices across the game, but there could be another interesting factor to deal with at some point this year. The Blue Jays were set to enter the season with Mark Shapiro working under the final year of his current contract as President and CEO, and the two sides had yet to work out an extension.
According to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, there were talks around the idea back in October, but it didn’t sound like anything was particularly close at the time. We do know that Ross Atkins, the Blue Jays GM, is under contract until after the 2021 season, and he has been closely tied to Shapiro throughout his career in baseball, including being hired by Shapiro to come to Toronto. All along I personally expected that Shapiro would be extended until the end of 2021, and all parties could re-evaluate at the end of the 2020 campaign to see where things were at with the front office.
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Fast forward to today, and we’re now facing the very real threat that there may not be any baseball in 2020. That’s a terribly depressing thought for a number of reasons, but it could also be relevant when it comes to the Blue Jays’ situation with Shapiro. For the purposes of this thought train, let’s assume there will be no baseball this season.
Without having any inside information whatsoever, I would still be surprised to see Shapiro leave with Atkins under contract for another year. The Blue Jays could decide to move on to a different front office group and fire Atkins with a year left on his contract this fall, but it’s hard to see them making that decision now, especially without a 2020 campaign to evaluate their work. After focusing on building a homegrown core and rebuilding the roster for the last few years, Atkins and company went out and acquired some real help this winter including Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson, and more. On paper it was an exciting winter for the Blue Jays, and it would be hard to justify moving on from the front office team without getting to see the fruits of their work.
All that said, Shapiro has been linked to other positions in the past, even in other sports. It’s hard to know what could be on the table for the 53-year-old until a decision has been made either way, he has downplayed any rumours of that sort, and has repeatedly stated he is interested in seeing the job through.
“I’ve been clear and consistent about enjoying where I am and wanting to be here. From a competitive perspective, I want to finish the job. That’s incredibly important to me.”
Once again, my assumption is that if there’s no baseball this year, the Blue Jays and Shapiro will be interested in at least a one year extension to his current deal. Without getting a chance to see what this current group can do, it’s pretty hard for anyone to make a decision about the future at the moment.
As I said at the beginning, I don’t expect it will be a priority for the immediate future for the Blue Jays or for Shapiro, but we’ll see if and how that changes as the suspension of play continues. Hopefully there will still be baseball this season, but one way or another the decision on Shapiro’s future is coming later this year.
Eighth Seed Needs To Be Beaten Twice In Play-In Tournament – RealGM.com
The NBA will have a play-in tournament for the eighth seed as part of its 22-team return-to-play, but there will be several conditions.
If the ninth seed is four or more games back, then the eighth seed will earn the spot in the playoffs.
If the ninth seed or higher is four or fewer games behind, then there will be a play-in tournament. The ninth seed will be a single-elimination format, while the existing eighth seed will need to lose twice.
In the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies currently own the eighth seed with the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs each within four games. The Phoenix Suns are six games behind the Grizzlies.
In the Eastern Conference, the Orlando Magic are five-and-a-half games ahead of the Washington Wizards.
Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con review
If we had to list down the most loved consoles of this era, then the Nintendo Switch will lie among the top-ranking ones for sure.
The Switch is the pioneering hybrid console of Nintendo, which gives you the best of both worlds. You can connect it to your large TV screen or carry the console with you on the go with a slot well placed in controllers.
The Switch is a success that offers an exceptional handheld gaming experience that can seamlessly transition from a handheld device to a home console.
It’s now time to have a more in-depth insight into the features of the Nintendo Switch and see what makes it the most beloved console of this generation.
The design of the Nintendo Switch is remarkable and elegant, just like most of the modern consoles. The rectangles blend in nicely with soft curves that are rendered in plastic matte.
The Neon version comes with red and blue Joy-Con controllers that add a modern touch to the console. The centerpiece is rectangular and grey with the display on the front.
Similar to the console itself, the Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch are highly versatile. They can be used separately as two controllers for multiplayer gaming. Or the players can use them together as the two halves of one gamepad.
The Joy-Cons have HD Rumble that offers in-game feedback. This is followed by a gyroscope that gives motion control and an accelerometer. For additional control in certain games, the Switch comes with an IR sensor.
The Nintendo Switch can last for 2.5 to around 6 hours, depending on your gaming sessions. If you want to make the most out of the console’s battery life, then you need to do several things. Like you can turn the airplane mode and lower the brightness.
Setting up the Nintendo Switch is a cinch. You need to adjust the console according to how you are going to use the Joy-Cons, separately or together.
For the handheld purpose, you need to attach the Joy-Cons, turn on the device, and you are all set to play.
If you want to play the games on your large screen, the dock should be plugged into the TV through the HDMI cable. Then connect to a power source via the USB Type-C power cable that comes with the console.
The Nintendo Switch comes with a bunch of accessories. Although some criticize a good deal of accessories that have been included, they offer a better user experience. The set consists of straps for Joy-Con that offer a better grip when the motion controls are in use.
There is also a Joy-Con Grip that allows you to slide in both the controllers into a familiar shaped gamepad. This is of benefit to people who also use the Xbox and PlayStation controllers.
- Sleek design
- Solid build quality
- Joy-Cons offer a comfortable grip
- Well-designed controls
- Three different play modes
- Battery life is average
- Files can’t be copied or transferred
The Joy-Cons with their comfortable grip is what sets the Switch apart from the competitors and is a distinct feature of the console. With all things considered, the Nintendo Switch is a console worth buying, and the features justify the hype that has been built by gaming enthusiasts.
NBA's Board Of Governors To Approve 22-Team Return-To-Play – RealGM.com
The NBA’s Board of Governors will approve a proposal from Adam Silver on a 22-team format to restart the 19-20 season in Orlando at the end of July. The conference call and vote will take place at 12:30 PM ET on Thursday.
The plan includes 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams, eight regular-season games, a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed and playoffs.
The NBA suspended the season on March 11th after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
The NBA has yet to publicly detail how it intends to keep players and staff safe.
Adrian Wojnarowski also reports that one owner said they believe the 22-team format was the ultimately most compelling and certainly more financially rewarding than just 16 teams.
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