MLB planning proposal unveiling conditions for summer start to 2020 season

MLB is expected to unveil a proposal regarding the start of the 2020 season as early as next week. /Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

By Dave Sheinin | The Washington Post

Major League Baseball is expected to make an initial proposal to its players’ union addressing the conditions for starting the 2020 season this summer — an important step that could outline a best-case scenario but that gets MLB no closer to locking down a firm starting date or a defined path forward amid a global pandemic.

The proposal is expected to come within a week, a person familiar with MLB’s dialogue with the MLB Players Association confirmed. News of the expected proposal was first reported Wednesday by ESPN and the New York Post.

MLB would prefer to stage a three-week “spring training 2.0” in June and start playing games in July, a time frame it has been targeting for several weeks but one that would require ample lead time to allow teams and players to begin mobilizing — which is why the process is beginning now.

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