Update: MLB Now Looking at Late May

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COVID-19 continues to take its toll. MLB is now exploring the possibility of pushing Opening Day back as far as late May.

In a report by Bob Nightengale (USA Today), MLB is now looking at Memorial Day Weekend as a potential starting point for the 2020 season.

Implications

Delaying the season until roughly June 1st is going to carry serious implications. At that point, the season would be cut to roughly 105 games. With the rule pertaining to a single trade deadline of July 31st, managers and ownership would only have a maximum of 30 games to figure out who they’d like to shop. Likewise, prospective buyers are going to have little time to determine the best options to fill holes in their rosters.

There are still questions about how compensation for the players is going to work, that is, if there’s any at all. Players are under contract and deserve compensation, however, ownership will be reluctant to pay full (if any) compensation when they’re receiving nothing for their money.

The playoff landscape will be clouded, as 100 games would only give a partial picture. Teams who are notorious for heating up after the All-Star break would have to get it together from the start or find themselves at home in October. Dominant teams are going to shine, as 20 teams emerge as wildcard hopefuls. This isn’t baseball.

COVID-19 has now infected the first baseball player, a minor-leaguer in the Yankees’ system. His name hasn’t been released, but the team says that he’s not been in Major League camp.


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