With ESPN’s Jeff Passan reporting Wednesday that Major League Baseball plans to send the players association a return-to-play proposal as quickly as next week, MLB’s long-awaited comeback could happen relatively soon. (Perhaps by June, some have speculated. ) The structure of play will be different — probably borrowing logistics from leagues that have already resumed play, with empty stadiums and an emphasis on keeping players, officials and staff safe from the coronavirus pandemic that continues to rage across the country. But the sport itself has momentum to return, which is a source of cautious optimism for fans missing the familiar comforts of the game.
With so much time passed since spring training was suspended, it can be hard to remember that 2020 initially offered a lot to be excited about. Yes, the central baseball storyline in March was the fallout from the Astros’ cheating scandal, which nobody is likely to forget throughout the season (no matter when it starts).
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