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Triple Play: It’s (Finally) Time For Baseball -- Dodgers, Angels Get Ready To Kick Off Abbreviated 2020 MLB Season




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Francisco "Chico" Herrera #97 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he runs to the dugout after his catch for an out of Mookie Betts #50, to start an inning ending double play, during the Los Angeles Dodgers summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Dodger Stadium on July 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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The hand-wringing is over. The question of will there be a season or won’t there has been answered.

And some of us have even gotten a taste of what baseball will feel like this season with empty stands if you’ve been watching any of the intrasquad scrimmages that have popped up on TV. Yes, it’s three months too late and will be 101 games shorter than baseball fans would like, but there will be baseball in 2020 and it starts next week.

If not for the COVID pandemic, Los Angeles would have just wrapped up All Star Weekend last week at Dodger Stadium, where we would have seen the Home Run Derby and likely a celebrity softball game, all culminating in the 2020 All Star Game which would have been played last Tuesday in the Ravine. Instead, the Dodgers, who are currently tied with the Yankees in Vegas at +375 odds to win the World Series this year, are getting set for their home opener on Thursday against the rival San Francisco Giants and the new-look Angels start their season on the road against the Athletics in Oakland before returning to Anaheim for their home opener against the Seattle Mariners on July 28th.

Today on AirTalk, Larry Mantle, A Martinez and Nick Roman combine their radio powers to become the Triple Play and preview the Dodgers and Angels abbreviated 2020 seasons.

Guests:

Nick Roman, host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered”; he tweets @RomanOnTheRadio

A Martinez, host of KPCC’s “Take Two”; he tweets @amartinezla