Major League Baseball owners approved the plan to make a proposal to the players’ union to have the delayed season start around the Fourth of July in empty ballparks.
The plan would have spring training starting around early to mid-June, according to a source familiar with the plan.
As for the season, each team would play about 82 regular-season games, with most of those being against opponents in its own division, and interleague match-ups restricted to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.
Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling the wild cards in each league.
Teams would prefer to play at their own regular-season ballparks, but would switch to spring training or neutral sites if medical and government approvals couldn’t be obtained for games at home.
The All-Star game would likely be cancelled.
Among the most contentious aspects of the agreement would be that players would receive a percentage of their 2020 salaries based on revenue the league makes during the regular and postseason.
The season was set to start in March, but due to the coronavirus pandemic that has sidelined many sports and leagues, it was postponed indefinitely. With this agreement, however, it looks like we are getting closer to the return of professional baseball.
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