Prominent MLB player agent Scott Boras says he's made several proposals to league officials on how to salvage the baseball season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Perhaps most bold among those proposals, as Boras told the Los Angeles Times, is his plan for MLB's postseason, which would run through December, with a potential World Series Game 6 being played on Christmas.
The playoffs would be held at 11 stadiums under Boras' proposal: three in California--Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Angel Stadium in Anaheim, and Petco Park in San Diego--and the others at MLB's eight domed ballparks including Marlins Park in Miami, T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Chase Field in Phoenix, Miller Park in Milwaukee, Rogers Centre in Toronto, Minute Maid Park in Houston, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Baked into Boras' proposal, he claimed, are separate plans for holding Opening Day on either June 1, with a 162-game schedule, or on July 1, with a 144-game slate.
Boras acknowledged the plan would require flexibility and creativity on the part of owners and players alike, with double-headers and expanded rosters perhaps necessary, but said many of the players with whom he'd spoken are supportive.
“All the players I’m talking to want to play all the games, and we can map this out,” Boras said. “We’re just trying to let [MLB] know we have the ability to do it, that there’s a logical way to do it. You have the facilities. You have the sites to do it. The difference is how the playoffs are run and where they’re played."
Agent to some of baseball's biggest stars in his decades of representing players, Boras has become something of a polarizing figure among owners, media and fans. Most recently, Boras negotiated Gerrit Cole's historic $324M contract with the Yankees late last year.