Baseball moves closer to 2020 return
For the first time in the two months since the coronavirus shut down Major League Baseball, the league has serious momentum towards a 2020 season.
The owners approved a proposal Monday, first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, and the league will meet with the MLB Players Association Tuesday to discuss moving forward.
Before this proposal would proceed further, the players would have to accept it and there is still a lot to be determined.
Included in the proposal was an 82-game season that would start early July with a second spring training beginning early- or mid-June, extended playoffs, a universal designated hitter and an adjusted schedule with competition against teams close in proximity.
If safe, each team would play at their home ballparks, meaning the Cubs could potentially be playing games at Wrigley Field.
“The safety of the players and the safety of the people who need to be at the ballpark to assist the players to get the season going is number one,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said on Cubs 360 on Marquee Sports Network Monday. “Figuring out how the model works financially will be another big challenge.
“I think the one that is potentially very challenging is making sure the protocols and the medical safeguards that we have in place at each of the places we intend to play work for the local governments.”