Mediation efforts between owners and players to find an economic deal on the coming season have failed. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has exercised his authority to impose a regular season shortened due to the coronavirus emergency and which should include 60 matches without fans in the stadiums.
The choice made by Manfred comes after almost three months of grueling negotiations with the owners who asked for further cuts in salaries to help cover the financial losses that the teams will have to bear playing without crowds.
For their part, players pushed for a longer season and with proportionate wages, regardless of how many games will be played. After the players 'union rejected the club owners' latest 60-match proposal, the MLB issued a statement: "In light of this refusal, MLB clubs have voted unanimously to proceed with the 2020 season.
according to the terms of the agreement of March 26. In order to develop a program with a specific number of games, we ask that the Players Association answer two topics. The first is whether the players will be able to be operational within seven days (by July 1st).
The second is whether the Players Association will sign the operating manual which contains the health and safety protocols necessary to give us the best guarantee of being able to conduct and complete the regular season and postseason."
MLB 2020 is expected to begin on July 23rd with the challenge between Nationals and Yankees
Nationals, winners of last year's World Series, will begin the unusual Major Leagie Baseball regular season 2020 in short version.
According to the schedule, presented last night, the reigning Nats champions will host the Yankees in Washington on July 23th, the day in which the series between Dodgers and Giants will also open in Los Angeles. The next day there will be the other matches that will kick off this strange season, compromised but not stopped by the Coronavirus.
At first glance, the already announced preference for the challenges between geographically close teams appears clear. After the Opening Night, the 60 games of the regular season will take place, consisting of 40 matches between teams of the same Division and 20 Interleague challenges against teams of the corresponding Division (East against East, Central against Central and West against West).
The Divisional Games will consist of 10 matches for each team (series of 3) according to the scheme that foresees 6 home games and 4 away games, or 7 home games and 3 away games. The Interleague challenges will see 6 games against the natural rival (for example the city challenges Yankees-Mets or Cubs-White Sox), divided into two series of 3 to be played equally at home and away, and 4 matches each against other two opponents of the corresponding Division, also distributed equally with 2 internal and as many external challenges.
The series will end between franchises of different leagues, a home game of 3 games against a fourth team and an away game of 3 games against the fifth and last opponent.