Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have plans to start Spring Training 2.0 on July 1st and begin the 2020 campaign on either July 23rd or 24th. They’re going to try to play 60 games, and a regular postseason in October. The coronavirus might have other ideas, and when we asked the SB Nation Reacts folks if they thought MLB and its players would actually pull this off and finish a 60 game season and postseason, they were... let’s say pessimistic...
That’s 59% of respondents who think it might be difficult to finish even a 60-game season in 2020, during like, you know, a pandemic.
Considering that yesterday (6/24) the U.S. had a record number of new coronavirus cases, it’s a legitimate concern, and considering that under the new agreement, only those who are considered “high-risk” players can opt out and still get their full (prorated) salaries (and service time), some players are going to have to make some difficult decisions.
So with all that considered, do the SB Nation Reacts respondents think they should even try to play this season?
That’s 47% of those who responded thinking that it’s not a good idea to play out the season, and considering they not only signed up but responded to polls about baseball, it’s safe to say they’re probably fans of the game who don’t think it’s a good idea to try to play out the 2020 campaign.
Is everyone just frustrated with the state of the country and world during this pandemic and the way negotiations played out over the last couple months?
Who do SB Nation Reacts put the blame on for the way negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA played out? You have two guesses, and it’s not the players:
Is that predictable, that fans would side with players over the owners? Could also be about the lack of love for MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who remains unpopular with the fans of the game:
While I don’t love the changes Commissioner Manfred has made or has tried to make during his time at the top, I don’t have the outright animosity towards him that others seem to? Are you pro or anti-Manfred?
Manfred and MLB imposed the 60-game season when they couldn’t come up with a plan for the 2020 campaign that they and the MLBPA could agree to, so are you happy with the plan they eventually settled on?
This is going great?
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.