June 15, 2021

Rosenthal: MLB and its players dive into the many details of what-if scenarios (The Athletic)

Additional reporting by Evan Drellich

The first question, the biggest question, is whether the 2020 major-league season will even take place.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association can figure out the adjustments necessary for a shortened season, just as they did after past work stoppages. But they need to account for every contingency, and the worst-case scenario – a canceled season – would present far more complex and difficult challenges.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday that the owners still want to play a full schedule, unlikely as that might be with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending no gatherings of 50 or more people taking place until at least May 10.

Manfred remains confident the season will begin at some point, but neither Major League Baseball nor the Players Association is proceeding with that assumption as they continue to discuss a variety of issues stemming from the COVID-19 crisis…

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