MLB owners send plan to players' union to launch season around the Fourth of July
According to the Associated Press, Major League Baseball (MLB) owners have approved a proposal that would start this year's regular season around the Fourth of July that includes stadiums without fans. The owners have sent the proposal to the league's players' union for approval.
The proposal also features spring training that would take off either at the beginning of June or in the middle of the month. The regular season would then kick off in early July with around 82 regular season games being played, with the majority being against teams from their own division. The plan also affects the playoffs as well, expanding from 10 teams to 14 total in the postseason, which would double the number of wild cards in both the American and National League.
If teams face a situation where their particular area won't allow them to resume play because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they'll play in either spring training stadiums or on a neutral ground.
The MLB All-Star Game, which is currently slated for July 14, would most likely get cancelled for this season.
Even more game-changing, the plan also includes the National League being allowed to use a designated hitter, also just for this season.
As fascinating as that sounds, however, this proposal has a tough path to get approved, and it mainly comes from the financial part of it, with the plan stating that the salaries of the players would be fulfilled through a revenue split with the league that would be 50/50.
In 1994, MLB owners would have a similar proposal that included a revenue split, as well as a salary cap, that would lead to a players' strike that would see that season's World Series get cancelled.