Happ: Composure Key In 'Intensified' Short Season

"It's going to be easy in the 60-game season to hit the panic button," Ian Happ says.

Dan Bernstein Show
June 25, 2020 - 12:53 pm
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(670 The Score) MLB is set to embark on a 60-game regular season in 2020 that will be unlike any other.

The compact schedule adds to the stakes of every game. A three-game losing streak now is roughly the equivalent of an eight-game skid in a 162-game season, meaning one poor stretch could break a team's hopes. The mental and emotional components of handling such a situation is something players must prepare for, as Cubs outfielder Ian Happ said on the Dan Bernstein Show on Thursday.

"It's all going to be intensified," Happ said. "It's all going to be very compact. The team that has some patience, the team that understands if you go on a little five-game skid, not for everybody to panic. Because it's going to be very, very easy in that 60-game season to hit the panic button if there's a bad series or a bad stretch of games. 

"The team that's kind of willing to take it one day at a time and be really diligent about that is going to be the team that is going to come out at the end of this thing."

The MLB season is set to start July 23 or July 24. Players are due to report by next Wednesday for spring training 2.0 in their home cities.

Listen to Happ's full interview below.