So, apparently since the last time we talked, there’s been a bit of rebranding, and now the SB Nation’s FanPulse polling is being referred to as SB Nation Reacts.
Moving on quickly... as you probably guessed, this week’s polls again asked “Reactors” in the SB Nation audience about the potential of there being MLB baseball in 2020 with the season postponed due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.
Par exemple: The current plan reportedly under consideration after MLB’s owners approved it and presented it to the MLBPA, would have Spring Training start in the middle of June, so that the regular season could potentially get underway in early July.
Do “Reactors” think the season will actually get started around the 4th of July?
Positivity there, apparently, huzzah! A July start, under the plan reportedly being discussed, would be aiming for an 82-game season, 80 fewer than the usual schedule now that things have been delayed by the pandemic.
Would an 81-game (since that was the option given in one of the other polls), or an 82-game season that’s in the plan, make for a “meaningful” season? How many games would it be if not? Or how few would you accept and consider it meaningful?
A total of 59% of those who voted said that 81 games would make for a meaningful season, and 30% said 100 games, with just 11% saying 60 would be enough.
Would you prefer MLB teams playing in their own home parks or at a neutral site or sites, an idea that was discussed in previous rumors?
That one seems obvious, though why it really matters if there aren’t going to be fans in the stands anyway is probably a good question.
Holding the postseason in a neutral, warm-weather city makes some lot of sense, especially considering they’d likely have to push even the shortened regular season through October and play postseason baseball into November.
With that sort of plan in mind, will an 82-game season starting in July affect the start of the 2021 campaign as well?
It appears that 63% of those who voted believe that if they are able to play this year, it will delay the start of the 2021 season.
That’s it for this week! Thanks for votin—, er, reacting.
Where are you on these questions? If you didn’t participate in the FanPulse survey this week, you can still sign up above or HERE.