NEW YORK – Major Baseball has offered to start spring camp a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to postpone the season’s opening day to April 28, two sources revealed to The Associated Press, Sunday.
According to the plan presented to the Players Association on Friday, the season will fall from 162 to 154 games.
In addition, the number of teams participating in the playoffs will be increased to 14, the designated hitter will be used in both leagues for one season in a row, and Major Baseball will keep the rules for the seven innings problem and the runner in second place. pillow under extra sleeves.
All players reported to the camp on March 22, instead of February 17, for boxes, receivers and injured players, and February 22 for other players.
The opening day of the season will be postponed by 27 days, from today’s date 1 April, and the promotion ends on 10 October instead of 3 October. The playoffs would continue until November.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were made. The parties have not discussed the proposal among themselves since Major League Baseball did.
One day before the plan was presented, Major Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he would like to know on Monday, during his regular conversation with the owners, whether the Players’ Association was interested in postponing the start of the spring camp.
The reason behind this delay will be to save time for more vaccinations and better assess the health situation.
Seven teams from each league reached the playoffs, and only the team with the best record from each league would receive a first round playoff pass, in a three-of-five format.
It would be a selection day where the leading teams could choose their opponent in the first knockout round in order of winning percentage. The three winning teams in these duels and the one that had passed, would go on to the series of sections, in traditional format.
While the plan stipulates that players will receive full pay if all 154 scheduled games were played, Manfred would have extended the right to stop spring camp, regular season or playoffs under certain conditions.
As if government restrictions prevent five or more teams from playing home games even without supporters, if government regulations restrict travel to the US, if Manfred after consultation with medical experts and the Players Association decides that there is an unreasonable security risk for players and staff, or if the number of regular players not available in the Majors due to COVID-19 compromise the integrity of the sport.
Each team started with 18 scheduled days off, and each team was allowed to play a maximum of 12 double programs.
The season will be reduced to 154 matches in 166 days instead of 162 matches in 186 days. The World Series is expected to end around November 10.
The players previously rejected a proposal from the teams on January 5 to hold an extended playoff game in exchange for using the designated hitter in National.
Last season was reduced from 162 team games to 60, and the playoffs were expanded to 16 teams. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series in six games against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 27. Players were paid pro rata of full pay over 162 games.
No fans were recorded during the season, in 2020. The campaign started on July 23 instead of March 26. Approximately 11,000 people participated in the National Championship Series and the World Series, which were played on neutral ground in Arlington, Texas.
– By Ronald Blum, Associated Press
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