MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated Wednesday that baseball, which is dark since of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will be back “whenever it’s safe to play.” He provided hints regarding when he ‘d like for that to occur.
Manfred likewise used tips about a remodelled 2020 schedule while speaking from Florida with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on “SportsCenter.” He was not surprisingly brief on specifics, however he used enough for others to tease out 3 crucial points:
The season may start in late spring.
“My optimistic outlook is that at some point in May we’ll be gearing back up. We’ll have to make a determination, depending on what the precise date is, as to how much of a preparation period we need,” Manfred stated on the night prior to the season was to start.
A four-week second spring training in May would imply a June opening, which is what ESPN reported earlier Wednesday was being gone over amongst team owners and the MLB Players Association.
Teams won’ t play 162games
“The goal would be to get as many regular-season games as possible and think creatively about how we can accomplish that goal,” he stated.
If play were to start in June, then there would be near 80 games staying till the arranged Sept. 27 end of the routine season. The speak about creativity includes credence to speculation that MLB will add days to the season and press the playoffs into November or December. Postseason games might then be played in warm-weather or domed neutral websites.
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This year’s schedule may get wild.
“(W)e’ve had some really positive conversations with our players association about relaxing some of the rules that govern our schedule. They’re very focused on returning to play and playing as many games as possible. And when you have that kind of positive dialogue, it creates an opportunity to do things that are a little different,” Manfred stated.
That tracks with current reports that players are on board with playing doubleheaders to comprise held off games and get as close as possible to162 Manfred did not decline an idea by Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins that MLB doubleheaders this year be 2 7-inning games, which is how they’re typically played in the minors.