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Baseball is coming back

By Karina on June 23, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 26: An aerial view from a drone shows Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, empty on Opening Day March 26, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recently said the league is “probably not gonna be able to” play a full 162 game regular season. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball is officially coming back.  Maybe?

It’s complicated, but it boils down to this:  The owners and the players were NOT able to come to a new agreement to spice up a shortened season so the owners voted to proceed based on an agreement between the league and the Players Association from back in March.

So the owners are forcing the players back onto the field (all the creative stuff is being thrown out) and they’re doing a simple, shortened season with the players getting a prorated salary.

They want the players to report to Spring Training 2.0 by July 1st with the season beginning in late July.  There will be about 60 games, which means the players would earn around 37% of their salaries, assuming that the shortened schedule is completed.

The only way the season won’t happen is if the players strike, which is unlikely OR if the Coronavirus ramps up again.  (Which is, well, much more likely.)

There are also a few other hurdles that need to be cleared like the players signing off on a health-and-safety protocol for COVID-19.  (You can read more about the specifics, here and here.)