Only a few select players will hear the long-awaited call this week as Major League Baseball opens its abbreviated 2020 campaign. Coronavirus pandemic restrictions have wiped out seasons from the Little League to professional levels, vastly limiting the number of players participating.
Even so, it’s not necessarily a down year for New Mexicans at baseball’s highest levels. Four players with NM ties – Mitch Garver, Alex Bregman, Ken Giles and Nick Pivetta – are on active rosters for their MLB teams’ Friday openers. Six more players with New Mexico ties are assigned to taxi squads or satellite training camps.