The 2021 Major League Baseball season is likely to begin on time according to Evan Drelich of The Athletic. When the season was set to begin has been up in the air a bit given all that’s going on in this country. The rolling out of a COVID-19 vaccine, which we now have, has been slower than we had hoped here in the United States of America.
Major League Baseball owners want to get as many fans into the stands as they can. That means more revenue. In 2020 there were no fans in the stands until the playoffs began, and only in the Texas hub. But we’ve seen the NFL season take place, and in most cities there have been limited numbers of fans allowed – though none have yet played near full capacity. We aren’t likely to see that happen in 2021 for Major League Baseball, either. But it does seem likely that there will be at least some fans at games in the upcoming season. How many may vary based on a whole lot of information that we just don’t have available yet (where a team plays, how the vaccine rollout continues to go, etc).
So why has their been talk of a delay to the start of the season? Well, it’s pretty simple. The owners want to spend less money because they won’t have a full stadium of fans, and that cuts into the bottom line. The longer they delay, the more likely it is that they can have more fans at the games they do play. However, the players have told Major League Baseball that they have no plans in agreeing to another shortened season. If they don’t agree to it, then the current collective bargaining agreement says the season must go on as scheduled.
Unless there’s a change in the stance for the players, then spring training is expected to begin on February 16th and 17th depending on which team we’re talking about. Time flies, apparently, because that’s just six weeks from now.
Reds news and notes
Baseball America has released their most recent mock draft, if you are into that sort of thing. The Cincinnati Reds own the #17 overall pick in the 2021 Major League Baseball draft. The mock draft has Cincinnati taking a high school shortstop as things stand right now. A lot of things can likely change between now and July, though. Seasons will likely be played by nearly every high school and college in the country, and that’s going to lead to guys rising, and falling on draft boards.
Over at Red Reporter, Wick Terrell looks at the shortstop market and how perhaps having more than a few options is really slowing down the shortstop market. The trade market is there, too – but as noted in the article, it seems that teams may prefer to just wait it out for the stars that are there to reach free agency next offseason rather than make a big trade of talent for one season.