Loaded with ideas, growing optimism within Major League Baseball that season could start soon
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According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, there is growing optimism coming from officials within Major League Baseball that there will still be baseball in 2020, and that it could begin as early as June.
They just need to figure what exactly they're going to do to get things started up, and according to Rosenthal, the league is going over any and every option to bring baseball back.
Several weeks ago, it was reported that Major League Baseball and all of their teams could play in Arizona, but now that time has went by and waves of criticism has hit them, that's now one of the last options that MLB is looking at now.
It seems that they've taken the approach of waiting, because the longer that they do that, the more options they'll be able to choose from because of COVID-19 continuing to weaken.
At the current moment, it appears that Major League Baseball wants to have their Opening Day as early as June near the end of the month, and could even have a patriotic start to the season with a scheduled Opening Day on July 4. If they decide to choose this route, they would be able to have a game schedule between 80-100 games.
More questions also arise for Major League Baseball, including what they will do about fans in their parks and whether or not they will limit attendance.
However, despite some questions, Major League Baseball reportedly has a lot of optimism about their season's start.
The USA Today would also report that MLB is looking at ways to minimize travel, and one of those ideas is to scrap the American-National League format and put teams into 10-team divisions based off of region, only seeing teams play others from their division.
For example, you would have a central division that would include the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers, and so on with a eastern and western division.