The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
The 2020 Major League Baseball Season
The 2020 Major League Baseball Season is underway, and it will be a very unusual season due to the COVID-19 Virus. Each team is scheduled to play a 60 game schedule over the next two-plus months, which will be followed by an expanded playoffs with 16 teams participating.
The schedule has been altered to reduce travel, so teams will only play against their own division rivals, plus inter-league games against the teams closest geographically. There will be no fans allowed in the stands, and no mingling with the players before and after the games, and players will be required to maintain "quarantine" away from the public.
Players will be tested regularly for Covid-19 and those who test positive or show symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to play until they recover and test negative. Some players have chosen to "opt-out" of the season to remain home with their families, including star lefthander David Price.
Rosters have been expanded so that teams will have more players available to substitute for those who are sick or injured. Assuming that enough players can stay healthy, the games will go on as currently planned, or under some other revised plan.
And as long as the game of baseball is being played, there will be lefthanders playing the game.
There are veteran lefthanders like Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Aroldis Chapman, Robinson Cano and Joey Votto, who are climbing up the statistical ladder towards impressive career milestones and possible consideration for the Hall of Fame…
There are established lefthanders like Madison Bumgarner, Chis Sale, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Blackmon, Bryce Harper, Christian Yelich, and Cody Bellinger who need a few more years of prime performance to enhance their status among the best lefthanders in the game.
There are plenty of younger lefthanders who are just starting to make their imprint on the game.
As the season unfolds, we’ll be writing about all of them here.