Congratulations, baseball fans, you`ll probably see your favorite team play baseball this season. I`m probably just saying because we`re still in the middle of a pandemic, not because the players aren`t going to report. Fans of competing teams are the big winners because they see their team win the World Series. The Yankees have Gerrit Cole! The Dodgers have Mookie Bett! The Nationals will try to defend their title! It`s fun, it`s good. We will not lose Cole`s 29 years or Cole`s 27th birthday because of the pandemic. Contending`s teams won`t lose a year from their championship window now that baseball is set to come back. The plan would affect almost every part of the game. A shorter regular season would favor the underdogs, but a season in the playoffs would probably help the best teams. The DH in both leagues, long envisaged by the MLB, would have obvious and immediate repercussions on the clubs of the National League. But the players must accept any agreement, and the debate on this plan risks exposing the league`s still precarious working situation. There is still a lot about the immediate and possible impact of this (hopefully) unique season that remains murky. Will the (abominable) minor league rule on throwing extra innings with one runner on the second, temporarily focused on the majors in the interest of shortening games and reducing frame sizes, will it stay above this season? When are we going to see other changes that were discussed during the season-opening negotiations, but were rejected, including the expanded playoffs, the field microphones and the promotional patches on the uniforms? How will player development prospects and methods adapt to the absence of a normal minor league season? What strange statistical features are we going to see? Will the home`s advantage remain in effect without supporters? Which players could miss the milestone stats or the Cooperstown plates because COVID-19 cost them 100 games? Manfred had the authority to implement a 2020 season, but he wanted the owners and players to reach an agreement, believing it was important for him to meet Clark. He came on the heels of the union that stopped negotiations saturday night, with Manfred saying he was no longer confident there would be a 2020 season.
When “when and where” became a mantra on social media for players, Manfred walked away from imposing a season and told ESPN that he was “not confident” that baseball would be played in 2020, a 180 of his comments to the network five days earlier, that a season would be “100 percent.” The players` union, which originally had a 114-game season and extended the World Series until deep November, will receive about $1.51 billion of its full salaries if there is a 60-game season. It corresponds to the 83% of their proportional salary that they would have received in MLB`s last proposal when the World Series is over, but an additional $300 million in guaranteed wages.