The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball as a whole are currently playing the waiting game for the 2020 season as there currently is no telling when it will be able to start due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
MLB has reportedly been discussing a number of different scenarios, but all of them seem to have the regular season starting at the end of June or beginning of July at the very earliest.
While discussions like playing in Arizona and Florida seem to be the most logical, recent reports indicate teams may be able to host games in their home stadiums with no fans if the divisions are revised to limit travel.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman recently expressed optimism that a season will be played, but only time will tell how and if that can happen.
Beyond that, Friedman doesn’t believe at this time that one of the reported plans is more likely than another, as seen on SportsNet LA:
“It’s tough to characterize ‘likely,’ because anything is likely right now. I’m all in on that (starting season by July) and I think everybody is, assuming it is a safe thing to do. And if it’s something we can pull off logistically, I think everybody is in on making that happen. Again, last week, there was a lot of media buzz about the three-city plan. The week before that it was about Arizona. I think what that speaks to is a few of the plans that have been spitballed have gotten out into the public realm.
“I think it’s more that there is just no leader in the clubhouse right now. They’re all just kind of up on the wall. Obviously there’s different local municipalities where you can start playing next week if you wanted to, and others where you can’t. You have to come up with something that works for all 30 teams, and that information is kind of changing pretty rapidly and that is obviously a huge driver in what ultimately happens.”
The Dodgers are one of the teams that have the most at stake in 2020 considering Friedman’s biggest offseason acquisition, Mookie Betts, will hit free agency this winter regardless of if baseball is played this summer or not.
Regardless though, with each day that passes, all parties involved seem to get more optimistic that some sort of season will be played. When, where and how many games remains to be seen, but that is certainly good news for Friedman and the Dodgers.
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