Major League Baseball, along with every other sports league, continues to explore every conceivable option on how to approach resuming normal operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Super-agent Scott Boras recently pitched a concept through which MLB will be able to play a full 162-game season, with the only caveat being the World Series would be held at Christmastime.
Boras has been spending some of his time amid California’s stay-at-home initiative amid the COVID-19 outbreak brainstorming ideas on how MLB ought to handle the upcoming season. While it’s believed that the league may have to settle on an abbreviated season — perhaps as limited as an 81-game campaign starting in July — Boras believes the 2020 season can be played out in its entirety.
Major adjustments to standard procedure obviously would be necessary to play out Boras’ vision of a late-December conclusion to the postseason. According to Boras, contingencies and obstacles have been examined, including moving playoff games and the World Series to warm-weather, neutral sites or domed stadiums.
“We have it all mapped out,” Boras said of a potential season beginning in June, per the Los Angeles Times. “It’s workable. We’ve done climate studies, and in Southern California, the average temperature in December is 67 degrees, which is better than late March and early April in most cities. We have 11 stadiums we could play postseason games in. I’m gonna get my neutral-site World Series after all.”
Boras’ pitch for the postseason, which would not include any days off, would mean wild-card games would be held Dec. 3, with all division series being played between Dec. 5-9. The ALCS and NLCS would be scheduled for Dec. 11-17. A World Series game would actually be held on Christmas with the “Fall Classic” being scheduled for Dec. 19-26.
As far as locations are concerned, all postseason games will be played at neutral sites located in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Miami, Seattle, Arizona, Milwaukee, Toronto, Houston, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Arlington, Texas.
The plan laid out by Boras arguably is rife with potential pitfalls, including how teams would be forced to play games in October and November in cold-weather climates. And that’s just the beginning of the issues that would need to be addressed.
“We’re just trying to let [MLB] know we have the ability to do it, that there’s a logical way to do it,” Boras said. “You have the facilities. You have the sites to do it. The difference is how the playoffs are run and where they’re played.”
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