(New York) Major League Baseball has offered to start spring camp a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postpone the season’s opening day to April 28, two sources have revealed to The Associated Press, Sunday.
According to the plan presented to the Players’ Association on Friday, the season would drop from 162 to 154 games.
In addition, the number of teams participating in the playoffs would be increased to 14, the designated hitter would be used in both leagues for a second straight season and Major Baseball would keep the rules of the seven-inning doubles programs and runner in second. cushion during extra sleeves.
All players would report to camp on March 22, rather than February 17, for pitchers, receivers, and injured players, and February 22, for other players.
The opening day of the season would be postponed by 27 days, compared to the current date of 1er April, and the campaign would end on October 10 rather than October 3. The playoffs would go on until November.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. The parties have not discussed the proposal among themselves since Major League Baseball did so.
A day before the presentation of the plan, Major Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he would like to know on Monday, during his regular call with the owners, if the Players’ Association is interested in delaying the start of spring camp. .