According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement on key economic and labour-related factors relating to the 2020 season, which is currently paused due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
I’ve already written about two key issues from this agreement, the shortened version of the 2020 draft and the worst-case-scenario plan for service time in the event of the season being cancelled, so let’s go through everything else…
MLB and the PA are aiming to play as close to a 162-game season as possible with 100 games being viewed as the bare minimum. The ideal starting date would be June 1 but it could also come as late as July 1.
As part of the plan to play as full and normal of a season as possible, both sides have agreed to push regular-season games into October and post-season games into November. They’ve also discussed playing late-season games and post-season games in warmer, neutral locations.
There has been discussion about expanding the playoff format in order to compensate for lost revenue, but that’ll ultimately be something determined at a later date depending on when the season possibly gets …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation