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Texas Rangers update for Independence Day 2020

MLB: MAR 07 Spring Training - Rangers at Dodgers Photo by Wilfred Perez Jr./Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning LSB, and happy 4th of July.

Evan Grant has quotes from Jon Daniels on corona protocol leading into the season, and also had a text conversation with reliever Brett Martin, who seems to be doing okay.

As MLB’s Summer Camp kicks off, Jeff Wilson writes about how friggin’ weird the 2020 baseball season is going to be.

Levi, pretty much samesies, featuring this foreboding tweet:

The Rangers’ first workout was apparently highlighted by a kickass simulated game from Jonathan Hernandez, who struck out all four batters he faced. And not simulated like Strat-O-Matic or Out of the Park or any of the others, he was actually throwing a baseball.

Eric Nadel made an appearance on The Ticket yesterday and talked about the upcoming season.

Jayson Stark takes us through what might happen if a team were to have a corona outbreak mid-season and had to shut down.

That’s all for this morning, have a nice, safe holiday.

For the record, I know that the comment section in yesterday’s links went quickly off the rails, and I don’t speak for Adam, but in general I don’t have an issue with political talk on here, even heated political talk.

If you’ll notice, yesterday’s post had four links, all from the main beat writers. One of them was about protests and two of them were about corona, which has, undeniably, been heavily politicized. Today’s has more corona, with some players vs. owners conversation mixed in.

Sports and politics are incredibly intertwined, they always have been, but they especially are now, and that’s not gonna change. To think that the always opinionated readership on this frequently opinionated blog is going to steer clear of political conversation, in this climate, is totally unrealistic.

I’ve been on LSB since 2012 (contributing since 2017) and I lurked for longer, and it’s always been that way. The OT is great (my peak OT years were 2013-2015ish) but there’s very little chance of shepherding all the non-baseball talk there, and if the front page comment sections were nothing but a bunch of baseball nerds talking about Jon Hernandez’s sim game, I probably wouldn’t have been here for 8 years.

Just be civil, please. The ones who are repeatedly uncivil tend to wear out their welcomes quickly.

And maybe take today off, it’s America’s birthday. Eat a hot dog, buy 200 dollars worth of fireworks on sale for 20. Have fun.