Baseball is coming. Well, at least there is some positive news during this COVID-19 pandemic. The MLB Owners approved of a plan to start moving towards a July start to the season.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan and the Associated Press, the owners have approved a proposal to send to the Players Union. MLB is expected to meet with the players union on Tuesday.
Sources told the Associated Press that the plan is to start the season around the Fourth of July weekend, with spring training expected to resume in mid-June. Games will be played in empty stadiums and there is a plan to incorporate a universal DH for the 2020 season.
Each team will a shortened season of 82 games. Most of the games are likely to be against divisional opponents. There is also a proposal to expand the playoffs from ten teams to fourteen teams, doubling the wild card teams.
Lastly, teams will propose that players receive a percentage of their 2020 salaries. This will not be received well with players’ association will cause a major hurdle to getting back to baseball.
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