By Thomas Gibbons
Sports this summer, whether it is the professional or ammeter level, it is not going what we are used to. Wrigleyville is not going to be packed with fans for a 1:10 ball game. Fans are not going to be able to flock to arenas to support teams on their championship runs. COVID-19 has changed the outlook of not just sports leagues and events but everyday life.
Major League Baseball is driven to get the 2020 season underway as soon as possible. Through many reports, the start of July is their goal with a shortened season but one nonetheless. Parameters have included playing games in Arizona and Florida, using team facilities and spring training stadiums.
Now, a new plan has been reported and would include teams to possibly play at their home stadiums this season.
As reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Tuesday that the season could start in late June and would play at least a 100 games season.
More from his article:
MLB is considering a three-division, 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division – a concept gaining support among owners and executives. It would abolish the traditional American and National Leagues, and realign the divisions based on geography.
Although there would be no fans, the possibility of playing in home ball parks would eliminate the need for players to be in isolation in Arizona and Florida like a previous plan outlined. Overall, this plan is gaining traction and these new divisions would limit travel amid the global pandemic.
It’s also not known whether teams would have to open the season in Arizona, Florida and Texas for several weeks before everyone could return to their home stadiums. Yet, they could squeeze in 100 to 110 games, and perhaps even have several thousand fans in attendance before or during the playoffs.-Nightendale
This is just one plan of many as more plans are “floated” each week, Nigtendale also wrote.
This would be a very interesting plan. I think the ability for teams to plan in their own stadiums is a very positive thing. The plan of teams being in isolation would be a very hard thing to pitch to players being away from their families for months. Personally, this plan would be great and I hope teams are able to play in their home stadiums sooner rather than later.