On Monday night, MLB owners voted unanimously to impose a 60-game season, ending the weeks-long period of back and forth proposals between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.
The season was slated to begin on March 28th, but the COVID-19 global pandemic forced the league to postpone the season until further notice. This means that we’ve been without baseball for a little under three months, and would already be well into the season were it not for the pandemic. As the negotiations to restart the season progressed, it seemed less and less likely that there would be baseball at all this year, though a huge part of that fault probably falls on the league for refusing to address the concerns of the players, who were almost unanimously telling the league to “tell us when and where” so that the season could get started. The 60-game season will most likely start sometime in July, and there is no schedule set by the league yet.
Personally, I’m looking forward to a shortened season, because it has potential to be really exciting, meaningful baseball for the entire schedule instead of having to wait a couple months for games that matter. Here’s hoping it plays out that way.