Bringing the Show Back
MLB made a recent announcement that it would be bringing baseball back as soon as possible. Commissioner Rob Manfred is reportedly willing to impose a 60-game 2020 MLB season after franchise owners voted unanimously for that. Players have been asked if they can report to camp by July 1, and whether they accept the new safety and testing protocol.
Players Not So Keen
While the MLB franchise owners voted unanimously in favor of the 60-game 2020 season, the players were less happy with the arrangement. The league’s decision actually came after the MLB Players Association rejected MLB’s proposal. Players will be expected to play a 60-game season, with an expanded postseason but without any salary guarantees should the league get canceled due to another outbreak. While the league has moved to impose its proposed season without player backing, there is still some power in the player’s hands. They need to vote and agree upon safety protocols before MLB can bring the sport back.
While the players association may deliberate the safety terms, the 60-game MLB season is expected to begin on July 24. It has been a long time since we’ve seen the players on the diamond, but they could be back within a month. That means there is a lot of preparation to cram in before teams are once again competing for the World Series.
Although the players are seemingly against the proposed 60-game 2020 season, it looks like commissioner Rob Manfred will impose it upon them. It might not be baseball as we know it, but there is an MLB season of sorts to look forward to.