Legends On Deck

Looking Back at 2020: LOD Senior Editor, Brian Koss

The year 2020 is one we will never forget.  No matter what aspect of our lives you consider, so much has changed.  Baseball was no exception.  When I wrote Setting Your 2020 Baseball Goals back in January, I had not idea what the year would bring.

The cancellation of youth, high school, college and minor league seasons impacted all the players, coaches, personnel and fans in a profound way.  The shortened 60 game MLB season had it’s bumps, but ultimately proved to be much than better than the alternative.  As 2020 comes to an end it’s interesting to look back at what baseball topics were on my mind.

2020 Themes

One pattern I notice is the overall theme of change and instability.  I was looking for ways to explain what was happening with the contraction of MiLB, the implications of a cancelled season and how MLB might look different in the future.  Less baseball to watch also allowed me to write on a wider variety of topics.  I also noticed that I did not write one article (outside an Al Kaline tribute Farewell, Mr. Tiger), about the Detroit Tigers.

Interviewing three of our Legends on Deck writers with very different backgrounds was a unique experience.  Landing another big interview with the President of the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) offered great insight into independent league baseball.  I finally wrote something about my beloved baseball movies!

My creativity as a baseball writer emerged in 2020.  I began to think about baseball writing in a larger way, not just the ins and outs of seasons and statistics.  Baseball is a game with a rich, storied past.  It may also be a game, like so many other things, with an uncertain future.  My writing over the course of 2020 reflects all these things.

Baseball Books and Movies

Interesting Interviews

Major League Changes

Minor League Contraction

 

Thank you for your support in 2020 and let’s hope 2021 is a great year for baseball!

Brian Koss
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