With the 2020 baseball season delayed, Major League Baseball is searching for ways to have some semblance of a normal season. Right now there are more questions than answers, but there are plenty of suggestions.
Agent Scott Boras has a few ideas of what could and should happen. According to the Los Angeles Times, he has submitted proposals for how a 162-game schedule starting on June 1 could work and how a 144-game schedule starting on July 1 could work.
The eye-popping element of both plans is that the entirety of the playoffs would take place in December in the league’s eight domed stadiums (Milwaukee, Seattle, Toronto, Miami, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Texas, Houston) and three Southern California stadiums (LA Angels and Dodgers, San Diego).
Playing later in the year solves the problem of playing a full schedule, but it creates another by having the playoffs at mostly neutral venues. While Cubs and White Sox fans would probably make the trek to Milwaukee in big numbers for a playoff game, November regular season baseball in Chicago would be a tough sell.
Boras has reason to suggest such a plan. More games means his players would be more likely to be paid their full salaries, which means he gets paid more.
It’s not a perfect plan, but it is an interesting one. There are still too many unknowns about the start of the season before anything like this could be given serious thought. Until then, it’s just an idea.