While we can’t be sure when baseball will return if at all, Major League Baseball is reportedly putting a plan in place in case the window opens for a season to be played in 2020. Matt Spiegel of 670 AM The Score in Chicago has put together a possible outline while citing “a well informed source” that does business with MLB executives. Here is what it would look like as laid out by FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe.
Citing “a well informed source that does business with multiple MLB execs,” Spiegel reported that MLB is discussing the possibility of a 100-game season that would begin July 1; eliminate the All-Star Game, which is currently scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium; eventually pick up the post All-Star Game schedule; and run through October 15. Instead of hosting the All-Star Game, Dodger Stadium would serve as a neutral site for a warm-weather World Series, with Anaheim or San Diego serving as a second site if the Dodgers — whom FanGraphs projected to be the best team in baseball, with 97 wins and a 97.6% chance of making the playoffs over a 162-game season — make the World Series. The scenario assumes that the ALCS and NLCS would still take place at the venues of the qualifying teams, a risk given the possibility that those series could stretch to November 3. Of course, “many questions remain, & talks are fluid,” according to Spiegel.
Given the current situation, that scenario would feel like a home run if it could be pulled off. While there are plenty of hurdles that will have to be cleared first, this does seem like a workable plan provided teams could return for an abbreviated spring training sometime in June.
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