It seems that the further we get into not having started a baseball season, the more plans we start to see come out closer to the previous one that they seem to not like as much. This morning saw Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times report yet another plan that Major League Baseball has discussed, and that several of the ones we’ve heard about in the past seem more and more unlikely to happen.
This plan Topkin’s refers to in his piece may be the one we spoke about earlier this week with some small tweaks to it. Essentially teams would play an abbreviated season with the hopes it begins in late June or early July. From his report it reads that teams would play within their division, and likely the same division from the other league (so the Reds would play teams in both the National League Central as well as the American League Central). That’s almost the same as the plan that was floated earlier in the week with “new” divisions that basically combined the divisions, but had the Pirates and Braves swapping from Central to East, and East to Central.
While there have been a lot of plans about how and where to get the regular season started, the playoffs are a bit more of an unknown. There’s been discussion of an expanded playoff due to the lack of games played in the regular season. But how expanded, or the format for the playoffs all seems to just be speculation rather than anything even remotely formal when it comes to discussions by Major League Baseball.
There’s still a lot of things to figure out between now and whenever the season would be expected to start. The players and owners have different opinions on whether or not there is a deal in place about salaries in 2020. How the roster size will play out, and if there could be something like a “taxi squad” of inactive players that trains with the team in case of an injury/illness/whatever without the likelihood of a minor league season happening is undecided, though almost certainly will be necessary. What will the testing protocol be for everyone involved at the ballparks (players, team personnel, gameday staff for both the team and media once everyone gets back together)?
Lots of questions. Still very few answers. But it seems that we get more and more proposed solutions every week now.