As I write this on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Major League Baseball just announced yesterday that the league’s office and team owners have agreed upon a plan for what the 2020 season will look like. It certainly won’t be what a normal MLB season would look like but it’s baseball none the less and I’ll take anything I can get at this point.
From here, the next steps are for the agreement to be looked over by the MLBPA. If the player’s union accepts the agreement then we are closer to seeing a 2020 MLB season. If it’s rejected however, we are basically back where we started. The owners will have to come to a new agreement for what the 2020 season will look like. Odds are if the agreement is rejected by the MLBPA not much will change in the next proposed plan for the 2020 season. What will change though is player’s salaries. That’s basically what the MLBPA cares about in the agreement as they want to make sure that the players are taking a fair pay cut and not being unfairly compensated. Team revenue is clearly going to be much lower than what it normally would be due to a shortened season and no tickets being sold as the 2020 season will likely not see fans in attendance. That’s just the beginning of the proposed changes too. I made a short list below summarizing the main points of what the 2020 MLB season will look like.
- Spring training will begin mid-June
- The regular season will start around July 4th
- The regular season will include around 82 games and go into October
- The postseason will start in November
- Teams will play in their home ballparks
- No fans will be in attendance
- Teams will only play within their division and against other teams that are located close by. As in the AL East will only play within their own division and games against the NL East.
So, those points certainly don’t map out what we are used to seeing but considering the current situation that we live in I’d say it’s about as close as we can get to being “normal”.
As we wait in the coming days for the MLBPA to make their decision the season can feel like it hangs in the balance. Scott Boras has spoken out stating the he believes the player’s union should reject the agreement. Player’s don’t want to take a pay cut but that’s what the proposed agreement includes. This leads me to believe that the MLBPA might actually reject the agreement. However, I don’t believe that it’s something that I can be certain about as there are not enough details that are public about the agreement. Not to mention that I don’t know how the player’s union will actually react to this agreement. Based on the information that I do know it is interesting to speculate as to if this agreement will be accepted. My guess is no.
On another note one significant issue is that some organizations are dealing with the loss of revenue in times like these. Rosters have been frozen since March 27th and as soon as they become unfrozen teams may look to dump contracts. Buster Olney specifically mentioned that the Cubs may move Kris Bryant once the rosters become unfrozen. I encourage you to watch that interview from ESPN.
The truth is that there are still many issues that need to be worked out and if the MLBPA accepts the agreement then this is just the beginning. A plan needs to be created regarding player safety and the Coronavirus. That will need to include some form of constant testing. There is still a lot to be determined about what the 2020 MLB season will look like but I do believe that we will have a much clearer picture by the end of the week.