Well, it finally happened. Baseball is coming back–for now, at least.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jim Bowden, the Major League Baseball Players Association has agreed to terms with the MLB on a 60-game season for 2020 with Opening Day slated for July 24.
#MLBPA has informed #MLB players will report on July 1st for July 24 Opening Day. 60 Game season in 66 days. They are both still working on finalizing safety and health protocols which quite frankly will be something both parties will continue to improve on going forward.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) June 23, 2020
The Major League Baseball Players Association has agreed to report to training camps by July 1 and play a 60-game season, sources tell ESPN, but deal is not finalized yet.
One last health-and-safety hurdle to get over and Major League Baseball will be back a week from tomorrow.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 23, 2020
Both sides are still discussing safety concerns, but, for right now, the players have agreed to report to training camp on July 1. On Monday, the league’s owners voted unanimously to approve a 60-game season that will be implemented by commissioner Rob Manfred, which the players union ultimately accepted on Tuesday.
The two parties spend the better portion of the last two months struggling to find common ground that they could agree on for a start to the 2020 season, which was supposed to begin on March 26 but was delayed due to COVID-19. This is the first bit of good news concerning the MLB in weeks now, however, the season is hardly official. Until a report breaks detailing the safety concerns that BOTH sides agreed to, there is still much work to be done.
A 60-game MLB season is much more-watchable than a 162-game season, in my opinion. What are your thoughts on a shortened season? Interested or not?