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Major League Baseball pumps breaks on plan to return in May from coronavirus shutdown

Major League Baseball pumps breaks on plan to return in May from coronavirus shutdown”

Major League Baseball and its players are reportedly focusing on a plan, supported by high-ranking United States federal public health officials, that could allow the season to begin as early as May, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The report doesn't spell that out, but having everyone in a single setting facilitates all of the above, particularly since the facilities in Arizona aren't almost as scattered as in Florida.

Half of MLB's teams host spring games in Arizona.

The plan has several potential concerns that would need to be addressed before it came to fruition, though.

Scott Boras, baseball's most prominent agent, said it might be the quickest method to start play.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the plan would involve players and managers being isolated from the general public and only travel to and from the stadium.

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"It gives them a sense of a return to some normalcy".

Understandably, there's a variety of hurdles to clear in that scenario - including the fact that players would have to isolate from their own families for months - but it still brought forth some hope for fans.

"You're going to be largely separated from your families and you're going to have to function in a very contained way", he told AP's Ronald Blum.

The season was initially postponed on March 12 after leagues around the world saw evidence of the ruthlessness of this novel coronavirus pandemic, forcing MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to halt operations until further notice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health reportedly support a plan of strict isolation. "It's not it's not a normal life, this idea". As of Tuesday evening, 2,456 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arizona, according to a database maintained by the New York Times, and 65 people have died. "You're going to have an identified group of people".

The absence of fans would also mean a lack of ticket sales, which is the main source of revenue for the league, although money would still be generated from additional television broadcasts, according to ESPN. As part of the deal, players would get only prorated portions of their salaries if the regular season is cut from its usual 162 games and would receive no additional salary if the season is scrapped.

But, the league added, that option has not been settled on and has not been submitted for approval from government and health officials or the Major League Baseball Players Assn.



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