Reportedly, there’s been a plan approved by the owners in Major League Baseball to get the season rolling. Later today, it’s said that it’ll be presented to the Players Association for their approval. If it all moves forward, here’s what the 2020 season could end up looking like:
- The season will be shortened from 162-games to 82-games.
- A short Spring Training would happen in mid-June, and the regular season would start between July 1st and July 4th…without fans in the stands.
- The league divisions wouldn’t change, but teams would only play teams within their division…and the like division within the other league. For example, the NL Central would play itself and the AL Central. Interleague play would account for about 40% of the schedule.
- The designated hitter will be in effect through the entire season.
- The owners have agreed to a historic 50/50 revenue split with the players.
- Teams would play at their home stadiums unless they’ve been deemed unsafe. If that’s the case, there’d be the option of the team’s spring training home.
- The post-season would go from 10 teams to 14, with an extra round added.
- Active team rosters would expand from 26 players to 30.
- Consider the All-Star Game axed.
Of course, things could change if the players union decides they don’t like aspects of the plan. << see audio to right >>