MLB owners now have an approved proposal to present to players for the delayed 2020 season.
Under the proposal, spring training would likely start in early to mid-June, and teams would play around 82 regular-season games. Once spring training is completed, the regular season would begin around the Fourth of July weekend in stadiums without fans.
Once the season begins, teams would slowly be able to sell a limited amount of tickets to fans, barring any setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Each team would play about regular-season games against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central and AL West vs NL West.
- The number of playoff teams would increase from 10 teams to 14 teams by doubling the Wild Card matchups in each league to 4 each, making the likelihood of a .500 team making the playoffs even higher.
- Teams would more than likely prefer to play at their respective home ballparks but would switch to spring training locations and facilities if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for home games.
The All-Star Game that is scheduled for Dodger Stadium in LA on July 14 looks like it will be canceled in the midst of all of the rescheduling of the shortened season.
One of the biggest factors for the MLBPA will be the salaries for a shortened season. Teams will likely propose that players receive the percentage of their 2020 salaries based on a 50/50 split of revenues the MLB receives during the regular season and postseason.
The MLB will be meeting with the players union on Tuesday to present the proposal.
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