MLB Eyeing The End Of May To Have Plan In Place For Start Of 2020 Season

World Series - Cleveland Indians v Chicago Cubs - Game Three

The MLB season like all other sports, has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but the league could have a plan to restart the year by May 31. According to, ESPN's Jeff Passan he reported "The next month could provide a number of answers to issues baseball is considering as it plots its return. The end of May isn't a drop-dead point to have a plan in place, as much as it's a reasonable and logical one." Most teams have guaranteed salaries for employees through May 31.

According to R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports, the league is considering a plan where all games are played in Florida, Arizona and Texas to limit travel. There could be other options to play without fans as different states loosen their stay-at-home restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As Passan broke down, creating a plan by May could allow the season to begin in July following negotiations with the players association and three weeks of training. This would leave four months of the regular season through October, playing 80 to 100 games.

The postseason would likely be expanded to give more bubble teams a shot. The DS, CS, and World Series would likely remain the same, but a few more best of three or winner takes all games like the Wild Card game may be added earlier on in the postseason. Games would likely be scheduled into different TV slots so different carriers can pick up more games.

The MLB has a lot to figure out over the next month, but they have plenty of ideas that will work for all parties.

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