MLB Status and Return Date | Coranavirus (COVID-19) Update
When the Covid-19 pandemic struck and began to force the various leagues to stop, many were already underway. It is not the case of the MLB, on the contrary, it was preparing to start a season that has many unknowns, many protagonists and that, in fact, can make baseball a sport that constantly grabs eyes again.
MLB Status and Return Date
Three months have passed since that established date and so far, there have been no agreements for a restart date, nor how that season will work. Potentially, a season of either 76 or 50 regular season games is shuffled, which must start no later than July 10.
This, however, is not something that cheers the players, since in economic terms it affects them enormously. The MLB’s latest proposal toward the player association is based on a 76-game season with a 75% pro-ration salary. However, this 75% goes with the 76 games, not with the 162 that would usually be played, that is, several players would earn just 35% of what their current contract stipulates, making it difficult for players to accept this treatment.
Negotiations are still in crude stages. However, both parties (both owners and players) know that they must rush to a conclusion that satisfies both sides promptly, otherwise they put the season at risk, and competing against the NBA and NFL is almost need to shoot himself in the foot.
Now, as to what we can expect from this season, we have multiple strands and multiple stories that can fascinate lovers of America’s favorite pastime. Starting with the most obvious one, the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox were spotted, and now they must prove that their 2017 and 2018 World Series were a product of talent, not their obvious cheating for the throne.
As for the Astros, the talent is and will undoubtedly be protagonists, although the pressure will be barbaric. On the other hand, the Boston Red Sox have not done much to improve their squad and do not even start as true contenders for the throne.
Also, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees want to feel the glory again. In the case of the Dodgers, they have not won a World Series since 1988, but not because they have not disputed it. It was precisely them who both Astros and Red Sox defeated with signal theft traps and so on. Los Angeles has been the big victim, but with a roster full of talent, they look stronger than ever to fight to end their drought.
The Yankees, meanwhile, took advantage of the last five years to reform the team and focus on young talent. That talent is already exploding and the ‘Baby Bombers’, as they have become known, aim high this 2020. In addition to the urgency of being the New York Yankees, and that the 2010s was the first for a hundred years in which they did not even compete in a World Series.
Finally, we will see figures of the stature of Pete Alonso and Mike Trout trying to load with teams that have some talent but have clear holes, we are talking about the New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels respectively.
When will MLB return?
Anyway, although there is no agreement, the tentative date is at the beginning of July. It remains to be defined how many games there will be in the regular season and the contractual situation of the players. But the fact that there are ongoing negotiations is more than positive, the MLB is coming.