Unique dilemmas create opportunities for creative solutions and according to a USA Today story on Friday, Major League Baseball is doing just that in a way to salvage the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down every sports league based in the country.
One of the many plans discussed would send every MLB team to their spring training homes and realign the divisions for one season having the Cactus League winners facing the Grapefruit League winners in the World Series. While fans wouldn’t be allowed in immediately, MLB could align a TV schedule that would feature baseball all day long and also include doubleheaders.
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“If we can’t have the real thing then I think we’ll all settle for any kind of alternative,” said Kornegay. “I’ve heard playing only seven innings in the scheduled doubleheaders and I know a lot of fans are traditionalists with the game’s history, and the stats. But again, if that’s the alternative, we’ll get along fine with there being some type of asterisk, or mental asterisk on it much like the 1981 season that was altered because of the strike.”
It’s a delicate situation MLB and the other leagues have to traverse through as being a non-essential activity where they can’t look to put profits ahead of the safety of anyone. It’s already been a rough year for commissioner Rob Manfred with how he handled the Astros sign-stealing situation so his sport doesn’t need another black eye under his leadership.
Nevada casinos also have to walk that delicate line and the four sportsbooks that are still open with mobile wagering would love to have some daily baseball action other than the Chinese Professional Baseball League whose four-team league season began last week.
“I’m just glad to get the Dodgers out of the Rockies’ division and they don’t have to play each as much as usual,“ said Kornegay of the proposed divisions that break up the traditional NL West.
Rivalries such as the Dodgers-Giants, Red Sox-Yankees, and Cubs-Cardinals would figure to play less against each than during a normal season when playing in the same division.
“Whatever I’m hearing about baseball is better than nothing and I know we’ll get our regular bets coming across on it,” Kornegay said.