After a wonderfully horrid two months of watching coronavirus news infest its way into our lives and our sports, we may be nearing the
According to Bob Nightengale, MLB officials are “cautiously optimistic” on a baseball season beginning in late June, playing at least 100 regular season games (contingent on more accessible COVID-19 testing).
Among the highlights of the plan:
- Baseball would be played in the same major league stadiums without fans, eliminating the need for players to isolate from their families.
- Divisions would be aligned geographically (Western, Central, Eastern) with 10 teams in each, eliminating the AL and NL for the season.
- Nightengale mentions that financial implications of games would have to be settled on “a sliding scale depending on the loss of revenue from gate receipts, parking and concessions” between teams and players.
The Angels would be in a division with the Dodgers, Giants, Athletics, Padres, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Rangers, and Astros, a more balanced division than as the AL West currently stands.
Many details are still yet to be worked out, but there will be a baseball season. And for that, I am thankful.
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