Major League Baseball didn’t have much of an update before last Monday, still due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Things heated up last week. MLB believes, from each team’s upper management to the players, that baseball will happen in 2020. Check out specifics on why and what a shortened season might look like.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update – April 27th Edition
2020 Major League Baseball Season
- When: TBD
- Where: Various Venues
2020 World Series Futures
- New York Yankees +375
- Los Angeles Dodgers +285
- Houston Astros +850
- Atlanta Braves +1200
- Louis Cardinals +2000
- Minnesota Twins +1200
- Washington Nationals +1600
- New York Mets +1700
- Philadelphia Phillies +3300
- Los Angeles Angels +2500
- Boston Red Sox +4000
- Cleveland Indians +3000
- Chicago Cubs +2800
- Tampa Bay Rays +1700
- Oakland Athletics +1800
- Cincinnati Reds +3000
- Milwaukee Brewers +4000
- Chicago White Sox +2500
- San Diego Padres +5000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +4500
- Texas Rangers +7000
- Toronto Blue Jays +10000
- Colorado Rockies +20000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +25000
- San Francisco Giants +25000
- Seattle Mariners +30000
- Baltimore Orioles +30000
- Detroit Tigers +30000
- Kansas City Royals +30000
- Miami Marlins +20000
Commissioner Rob Manfred says teams can suspend contracts, but…
Although Commissioner Manfred said teams could suspend contracts this Friday on May 1, almost every team has committed to paying their staffs until May 31. That’s important because it gives MLB an entire month to formulate a plan.
The current plan, the one that most baseball analysts have discussed, is to have players go through a three-week “spring” training in June and then start the season in July. If that happens, MLB could decide to try and play a full 162-game schedule.
Baseball players are used to strapping on the cleats every day. Only pitchers require rest and teams could strategically play double-headers. Plus, if Major League Baseball decides to play games in one state, like Arizona, no travel days.
162-games with the season starting on July 1 makes a ton of sense. Skip the All-Star Game and then, if baseball must, extend the playoffs and World Series into November, or even December.
States lifting stay-at-home restrictions giving MLB hope
Per Jeff Passan with ESPN, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Colorado and Texas will lift stay at home restrictions in early May. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he liked the idea of hosting all 30 MLB teams. The logistics are a nightmare, though.
Major League Baseball will most likely play in 4 to 6 cities. That should cut down on travel. MLB teams are used to playing in front of few, if zero, fans. If the television contracts stay in place, MLB should have no trouble restarting their season.
A lot depends on whether Major League Baseball can procure enough tests for Coronavirus. MLB, like the NBA and NHL, wants to ensure the safety of players, managers, coaches, and other staff. If the league can’t get enough tests, canceling the season could become a possibility due to COVID-19.
2 developments point to baseball’s returnA couple of developments should give every baseball fan high hopes that America’s Pastime returns sooner rather than later. We discussed the first. The league won’t make hard decisions until May 31.
That’s a great date. By then, the U.S. and Canada should have a much better handle on the pandemic situation with Coronavirus. Also, Manfred and the owners can see what the NBA and NHL have done. Both leagues must have a plan in place well before baseball.
The other development is worldwide. The Korean Baseball Organization returns on May 5. The Chinese Professional Baseball League already started. Both those leagues should provide MLB a blueprint.
Major League Baseball will happen
Major League Baseball will happen. That means we had better start handicapping for the 2020 MLB Season. Check out current odds on MyBookie. The Dodgers are favored to win the World Series followed by the New York Yankees. Check it out!