Can MLB Players And Owners Reach A Deal To Start The Baseball Season?

Major League Baseball this week will present to players a plan to play — albeit in an unusual format. Key aspects of the plan include an 82-game season to begin around July 4, a playoff expanded from 10 to 14 teams, a universal designated hitter and teams playing at their home parks1 but within geographic-based divisions. There would be a second, condensed spring training that would start in June. The plan would affect nearly every part of the game. A shorter regular season would favor underdogs, but an expanded postseason would likely help the best teams. The DH in both leagues — which MLB has long since considered — would have obvious and immediate implications for National League clubs.

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