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Scott Boras wants the baseball playoffs to take place in December at neutral stadiums

Scott Boras wants the baseball playoffs to take place in December at neutral stadiums

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.

MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

Where do things stand right now between Major League Baseball and the players union?

Let’s just say the owners are in New York and the players are in Los Angeles. Hopefully, they can meet somewhere in the middle — like Chicago — and we can have baseball in 2020.

But it's going to take a lot of work.

MLB's much-anticipated, first economic proposal presented to the players on Tuesday features a sliding scale of pay cuts where the players making the most money lose a greater percentage of their salaries, while those making less will have smaller cuts.  

The players' didn't like it one bit.

"The owners have a long way to go," one player said.

Fortunately, this isn’t the ninth inning of negotiations. There’s still time to make a deal.  

But with the clock ticking, there’s a big divide and harsh feelings that need to be addressed.

According to one agent, “I like to think I’m an optimist, but it’s ugly right now. While it’s a complicated situation, it comes down to money. The little hope I have is cooler and sensible heads [will] prevail.”

Will the two sides come to an agreement? If so, how and when?

That’s what I discussed with my NBC Sports Chicago colleagues Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber on this Give Me Baseball edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast. 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

The MLB owners' proposal to the players union was said to be one that would get the two sides at least a little closer to an agreement, but the players seemed offended by what they were given.

Chuck Garfien is joined by Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber to discuss what made the players so upset, how can this be fixed and whether the latest proposal ruined the trust between the players and owners.

(1:28) - What were the details of the new proposal the players immediately turned down?

(6:59) - Biggest issue between the two sides is money

(12:15) - Thoughts from anonymous players on the proposal

(19:19) - MLB is in a rough spot because the pandemic hit right at the start of the season

(24:50) - What gives you hope that there will be a season?

Listen here or below.

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