Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic made it clear that nothing is official. He said the MLB would discuss the idea in a conference call with the owners on Monday. If the owners approve, the league will present the concept to the players’ union on Tuesday.
Rosenthal said even an official plan would be subject to change due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also noted that any plan would require the approval of medical experts and the confidence that the tests would be sufficiently available.
The teams would play regionalized schedules, only facing teams from their own division or the corresponding division of the other league. The Red Sox would face the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and American League Eastern Baltimore Orioles, as well as Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies of the Eastern National League. .
Rosenthal also said matches will be played in as many home cities as possible. If the teams were unable to play at home, relocation to spring training sites or other MLB parks in different cities would be considered.
Seven teams per league would participate in the playoffs. The team with the best record would get a pass, then the remaining six teams from each league would compete for a streak of three to start the playoffs.
As Sports Illustrated explained, referring to Rosenthal’s article for The Athletic, the games will be played without fans, at least to begin with. Players may be asked to take a pay cut to compensate for the fact that there will be no fans for an indefinite period.
Nothing has solidified since Saturday, but it seems like a step in the right direction for baseball fans.