Well, just as we rounded the bend on our 2020 Spring Training Challenge … the world shut down, and with it went everything baseball.

OK, not everything baseball, because we’re still here and on YouTube talking about the cards we’ve always loved. Like this one …

1983 Donruss Cesar Cedeno

So, with the start of the baseball season postponed by at least … well, at least a long time … we’re going to extend our Spring Training Challenge to match, except it’s not really a ST challenge at this point.

It’s a Lost Baseball Challenge … as in, we’re lamenting what we lose this year by remembering what we’ve lost in years past.

Gloomy? Yeah, maybe, but it’s a freaking pandemic out there, or something.

Anyway, below are the first 30 entries in our Lost Baseball Challenge — we’ll happily cross out some if the boys of summer come back in April, and we’ll begrudgingly add on to the end if the world is still asleep come May.

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So, each day over on YouTube, we’ll pick one card that illustrates each of the following …

  • Day 1: A player who lost time to the 1972 strike
  • Day 2: A player who lost time to the 1981 strike
  • Day 3: A player who lost time to the 1994 strike
  • Day 4: A replacement player in 1995
  • Day 5: A player whose career was derailed by injuries
  • Day 6: A player who lost time due to military service
  • Day 7: A team who missed out on the postseason due to a strike
  • Day 8: A player who missed out on a milestone because of a strike
  • Day 9: A player who made his Major League debut late
  • Day 10: A player who retired early
  • Day 11: A player who was suspended
  • Day 12: A player who was derailed by non-injury medical issues
  • Day 13: A player who held out
  • Day 14: A player who took a stand and lost playing time
  • Day 15: A Negro Leagues player who never made the Majors
  • Day 16: A Negro Leagues player who made it to the Majors late
  • Day 17: A player who lost time because he was born too early
  • Day 18: A player who lost time because he was born too soon
  • Day 19: A team that collapsed down the stretch
  • Day 20: A team that didn’t live up to its promise
  • Day 21: A player who didn’t live up to his promise
  • Day 22: A player that lost a title on the last day of the season
  • Day 23: A player who collapsed down the stretch
  • Day 24: A team who underachieved in the playoffs
  • Day 25: A player who choked in a big moment
  • Day 26: A minor league star who washed out in the Majors
  • Day 27: A team that never won a championship
  • Day 28: A team that has a losing record all-time
  • Day 29: A pitcher who lost 20 games in a season
  • Day 30: A batter who hit below .200 in a season

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