It is starting to feel like there actually might be a Major League Baseball season.
According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal MLB is prepared to present a proposal to owners Monday offering an outline of how it envisions a possible entrance into the 2020 season. If owners give their approval the players' union will be next to receive the plan.
The blueprint would be subject to change and necessitate approvals from medical experts.
But for now, MLB seems to have some momentum for a return. According to Rosenthal, here are some of the details:
- A season that would begin in early July with approximately 80 games.
- Teams would only face opponents from their own division or from the National League's geographic equivalent. For instance, the Red Sox' opponents would be the Yankees, Mets, Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays, Nationals, Phillies, Marlins and Braves.
- The hope is that teams would be able to play at their home parks, but if their respective areas haven't been cleared for such activities alternatives for home games would be spring training sites or stadium inhabited by nearby MLB teams. The same approach is believed to be in place for any spring training.
- Seven teams from each of the three leagues would qualify for the postseason. The teams with the best record in each division would receive a bye.
- With no initial plans to play in front of fans, the players would be asked to take an additional reduction in pay with the idea of revenue-sharing introduced.