Play Ball! MLB Season Could Start In July

MLB OWNERS REPORTEDLY WANT TO START A SHORTENED BASEBALL SEASON IN JULY, BUT PLAYERS WOULD HAVE TO AGREE TO TERMS

(CNN) – Major League Baseball’s first pitch could be thrown in July, but you won’t be going out to the old ball game.

The New York Times and ESPN are reporting MLB owners have agreed on a proposal to start the 2020 season in July.

Games would be played in home stadiums without fans in the stands.

The season would consist of 82 games; roughly half the traditional 162.

One sticking point is the players’ association will have to agree to the terms.

A MLB spokesperson says the proposal will be presented to the association on Tuesday.

Players already accepted a $170 million salary advance in March in exchange for lost salaries due to no season or pro-rated salaries in a partial season.

They also agreed to hold good faith discussions about what games without spectators would look like.

MLB officials say that could mean further pay reductions for players, but the players’ union says that’s a non-starter.

Analysts worry negotiations over multi-million dollar salaries in a time of record unemployment could mar public perception of “America’s pastime.”