As for when the season starts, that still seems to be up in the air. As you've probably heard by now, MLB has made a proposal to the Players Association for a 154-game season that will start a month late. The players will be paid their full pay, and they would agree to expanded playoffs, which is a huge moneymaker for the teams. This is a significant step forward from the spring, when MLB essentially made a series of offers that had virtually no chance of being accepted. Unfortunately, one holdover from the spring was MLB leaking their offer to the press at the same time that it was presented to the union. In any case, the players don't feel there are the right economic guarantees in place to ensure that Rob Manfred won't at some point unilaterally make changes to the schedule.
One thing that I believe warrants being paid some attention to here is the concerns of major league pitchers for their health. They're gearing up right now to come into camp at the usual time. Waiting another month and then ramping up again is a concern. At least under this proposal, the length of spring training would be relatively normal, with camps opening on March 22 and the season starting on April 28. The one difference would be the pitchers and catchers not starting a week before the position players as they do normally. It wouldn't be quite the accelerated ramp-up that the short summer training camps proved to be this past season, but it does take the pitchers out of their routine for a second season in a row.
As it stands right now, there doesn't seem to be too much likelihood of the players accepting this offer, and the most probable scenario continues to be training camps opening on time later this month. It remains to be seen if the two sides will even enter into real negotiations with each other or just continue to take jabs at each other in the press.
This will do it for me today. I'm still a bit woozy, but I'm feeling a little better every day. I'm hoping to be back to 100% soon. When the Trevor Bauer situation does resolve I do believe that other dominoes will begin to fall, and I'm looking forward to writing about all of it.
Please stay safe, be well and take care.