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Report: MLB's 2020 season proposal includes 82 games, expanded playoffs

Report: MLB's 2020 season proposal includes 82 games, expanded playoffs

Plenty of challenges remain before the the 2020 Major League Baseball season is able to start, but both the league and the players will soon meet to discuss how the sport can resume.

Ronald Blum of The Associated Press reported Monday that MLB owners have approved a proposal that outlines how the season could begin in early July without fans attending games. The league will submit the proposal to the MLB Players' Union. The 2020 season was postponed in March amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Here's some of what the proposal includes, per the AP's report:

Spring training would start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced. Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West. Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday a meeting involving the league and union to discuss the proposal is expected to happen Tuesday. USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that "The MLB proposal that was agreed upon among the owners and submitted to the union now calls for a 50-50 revenue split."

It's unknown how long this process could take. There could be several counter-proposals from both sides. The fact that both sides are going to meet with this week is at least some good news.

While some states have started to re-open over the last few weeks, many states that are home to MLB teams either haven't yet re-opened or haven't given the approval for sporting events to take place. If some teams are unable to play in their home ballparks, games could be played at spring training venues, per the AP report.

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the results of the league's initial round of coronavirus testing on Friday.

According to their joint statement, 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of the 3,185 total individuals tested (1.2 positivity rate). Nineteen of 30 teams had positive cases.


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While the results are promising, it's important to note there still will be significant health and safety hurdles for the league to avoid a spread when the 60-game season begins later this month. A number of teams, including the Boston Red Sox, started workouts Friday at their home ballparks.

Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Friday the team has some positive COVID-19 cases. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez did not join the rest of the team for the first day of workouts as he was "around somebody who was sick" and awaiting the results of his own coronavirus test.

Fenway Park looks different as Red Sox begin workouts amid COVID-19

Fenway Park looks different as Red Sox begin workouts amid COVID-19

Several months after the COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden halt on spring training, the Red Sox converged on Fenway Park for the first day of Summer Camp workouts Friday.

It's the first time since World War II that the Sox have prepared for a season in the Northeast. That's when the Sox held spring training in Medford, MA (1943), Baltimore, MD (1944), and Pleasantville, NJ (1945).

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With a stress on social distancing and safety, both the on-field workouts and Fenway Park itself look very different in 2020.

The Sox have made some physical changes to the layout of the park's facilities since there won't be fans in attendance anytime soon while media access is also extremely limited.

Click here to see how things look different at Fenway Park.