Too Many Uncertainties Still Linger Around a Potential 2020 MLB Season

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For what has felt like months now, we have seemingly been hearing an entirely new proposal almost every week about how the 2020 Major League Baseball season may ultimately be structured.

Most plans revolve around a shortened season. Some are limited to states in warmer climates. Others have recommended the use of stadiums with roofs, which might conceivably limit the chances of rainouts.

Indeed, outlooks on the COVID-19 pandemic sometimes change daily, causing bursts of optimism one day and spurts of pessimism the next. Consequently, the brain trust inside the MLB front offices are spinning their wheels based on those reactions.

In the big news of the weekend was a 67-page document drafted by the MLB outlining some of the prospective protocols for all of those involved with baseball, if a season eventually takes place.   At the moment, it covers testing, travel, in-stadium adjustments, on-field changes and a wide variety of other issues.

Jeff Passan of ESPN on Saturday pointed specifically to some of the on-field criteria, stating that “high-fives, fist bumps and hugs would be prohibited, as would spitting, tobacco use and chewing sunflower seeds. Fielders would be encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner between pitches. First- and third-base coaches are not to approach baserunners or umpires, and players should not socialize with opponents.”

However, while all these precise plans seem fine and dandy in theory, the biggest problem standing in the way of a season actually happening might be the fact that the league and the players are still far away from agreeing on one thing that has fueled disagreements between the two sides for decades—money.

In her column on Friday, Andy took a look at several different perspectives brought on by the dispute. The optimists, like MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, seem to think an agreement will quickly be reached. The pessimists, like many armchair fans who have been patiently waiting since the end of March, believe that there will be no baseball at all this year.

Coupled with the idea that some states have already lifted their stay-at-home orders, while others—like Los Angeles County—have extended theirs indefinitely, some speculation suggests that the target dates (July 4 weekend for Opening Day) projected by the MLB might not even be realistic.

Already, some sports pundits have shifted their thoughts to how the virus might affect the upcoming National Football League schedule.

Whatever the case may be, we’re no closer now to knowing if there will be a season than when the MLB suspended spring training activities back on March 12.

Stay tuned for new developments as they happen.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Too Many Uncertainties Still Linger Around a Potential 2020 MLB Season

  1. You are correct Dennis, we aren’t any closer to knowing if we’ll have a 2020 season than we were when they suspended ST.
    One thing I now know, however, is that optimism comes in bursts and pessimism comes in spurts.
    Ballplayers, like the population in general, are divided into two groups. 1) Those who believe personal freedom and economics take precedence over severe government regulations which medical experts feel are needed to keep people safe and 2) Those who are willing to do whatever the medical/scientific experts feel is necessary to keep many more people from dying. Although I have an opinion on that, I’m not taking sides in this comment. What I am pointing out, however, is that even if an agreement is reached, it doesn’t mean that a decent-sized group of players still won’t feel safe enough to risk playing and bringing the virus home to their family.
    As you can see, I just had a spurt of pessimism there.

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  2. All it would take is one player to get it from his wife and that will shut down his team…thus the schedule is screwed.

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  3. The biggest thing I have noticed is the building frustration on all sides. Sorry, you cannot keep people cooped up indefinately. How can an entity like LA County become omnipotent? I think people are getting more poed as each day passes. No one in government nor the medical community has the right answer. And the situation varies from state to state. If they do not play baseball this year, it will not be for lack of effort to get the season, or at least part of it in. It is a financial disaster already. The league is projecting a 4 BILLION dollar loss in revenues. But if they can play soccer in Europe in empty stadiums, it started up yesterday, there is no reason that they cannot do the same here with baseball.

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  4. Good morning all.Well Memorial Day is almost on us. We should be discussing a big weekend series coming up. But nope, the news is all about whether there will even be a season. It is in the hands of the powers that be. Me, I am returning to some semblance of normalcy. Having a BBQ on Saturday and going fishing sometime this weekend. Have been keeping busy. I had to catalog all of my movies because at my age I cannot remember all I have. I do know I am missing some I did have. Nice weather here. I have been spending more time outside. Sat in the park the other day and watched maybe 12 deer feeding on the grass. Very peaceful I sincerely hope all of you are bearing up during this horse manure.

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      1. I bought my first 2020 Topps. Got one of those tins that had 75 cards in it. Got 2 Kershaws. I also got a Shoei Ohtani. A couple of other stars like Posey. The new cards are pretty cool, but I prefer the heritage cards. The vintage styles are always my favorites.

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      2. Ordered some of last years Heritage Dodgers. Got some players that I did not have in Dodger unis. Freese, Sborz, and Pollock.

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      3. I very much hope you’ll be able to add a Tyler White Dodger card to your collection Bear if you don’t already have one. I know he’s your favorite all-time Dodger.

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  5. Newsome says sports can start coming back by mid June. So maybe we will se games in July after all. Lets get this party started.

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