After Tuesday evening’s bench-clearing incident in Houston, Major League Baseball has issued several suspensions which will affect the Dodgers as early as Wednesday’s finale.
Even as problems with cases of players testing positive for coronavirus, players opting out, and issues with the testing itself, Major League Baseball on Monday presented the schedule for the upcoming 60-game season.
Welcome to the last Monday without baseball for a while *
*We all hope that there won’t be any issues with starting the Major League Baseball season in the middle of the pandemic, but to me, the chances of that seem slim.
Baseball is back. Mookie Betts will play meaningful games in Dodger Blue.
Late Tuesday afternoon, after many failed attempts and halted negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball reached an agreement to start the 2020 season. Play for the year had been halted in mid-March due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 around the country and the world.
After several months of back-and-forth negotiations, Major League Baseball announced on Monday evening that the 2020 season has been scheduled to proceed under an agreement previously reached in March between the owners and the players’ union. The announcement indicates that the owners unanimously agreed to launch the campaign after further negotiations with the players failed to result in a deal.
From logistics standpoint, the chances of an actual Major League Baseball season in 2020 still seem highly possible. After all, Commissioner Rob Manfred still has the ability to unilaterally mandate a shortened season per an agreement in March, coupled with the idea that teams could conceivably play wherever the hotspots of the coronavirus are not.
While there definitely was a lot more talk and posturing this week, we are no further along in really knowing whether there will be actual baseball this season.
At one point during the weekend, the vast majority of fans around the world were near certain they would see at least some Major League Baseball action this year.
In what has been a drawn out saga through a long spring without sports, it appears that baseball might finally be close to returning.
With the orchestration of an abbreviated amateur draft—alongside a potential favorable response from the Major League Baseball Players Association—Wednesday could mark the day of an important time in baseball, if everything falls into place nicely.