As we’ve been reading about since baseball pulled the plug on the Spring Training season due to the Pandemic, the next biggest question was coming up repeatedly, would there be an MLB in 2020? We’ve been getting different updates in the past three weeks, the most solidly sounding came a couple of days ago, primarily reported by Jeff Suppan over at ESPN.com
Jeff reported that talks have been going on about the MLB and MLB Players Association talked about the possibility of starting a season in late May or early June in Arizona, but not in front of fans. The Phoenix area would host all 30 MLB teams and have games played every day to get a season underway. It almost sounded plausible and certainly was a sound plan to get something started. Bob Nightengale, a syndicated baseball writer thinks it’s unworkable, as he said in this recent article.
Now yesterday there was a report that surfaced in some media outlets that suggested that there may be a radical realignment of the league just for the 2020 season. Teams from the Spring Training homes in Florida would be divided up where they are in relation to one another for the location of their Spring Training locations. This would apply to the Arizona Cactus League as well, teams divided into different groups to comprise a ‘mixed MLB league’ of both American and National League teams. This didn’t sound too credible. The idea of having the league all spread out like this is a far fetched fantasy that will probably never happen.
The MLB has said that they have not settled on any plan, but talks have gone on with different scenarios. Of course, there will be very big obstacles to overcome. The players will be the ones to ultimately say yes to any proposal before it would happen. So, the wait continues, it’s only April 11, 2020, and there is plenty of time to go until May comes around, will the country still be locked down? Will people go back to work?