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Reported proposal could bring MLB baseball back as soon as May

MLB and players’ association working out specifics of spectator-less baseball in Arizona

Major League Baseball Suspends Spring Training Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

COVID-19 has robbed our society of too much over the past few weeks and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. One of the less important aspects of life that it has taken from us entertainment in the form of sport. For those of us on this medium, it has stolen Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball.

Reports coming from a number of sources suggest that baseball might be coming back in May. Specifically MLB and the MLB Players’ Association are in process of formulating a plan to play all games in Arizona. Games would be played without fans in stadiums.

The plan is being backed by high-ranking federal public health officials who believe the league can safely operate in the wake of this pandemic.

Brewers’ pitcher, Brett Anderson, has already responded to the news with displeasure.

Players would be separated from their families for months, but players would receive paychecks. To pull this off, players, coaches, and other essential personnel would have to be sequestered in local hotels where they would be isolated from the rest of the world. Travel would only take place between stadiums to play games.

If the plan were to come to fruition, there would likely be a two- to three-week spring training prior to the opening of the season. As for the very real potential of a player, coach, or other baseball personnel testing positive for coronavirus, it would not mean the quarantine for an entire team or the shutdown of the season. It would set up the possibility of expanded rosters and more players receiving major league service time. This is believed to have appeal to the union. Nonetheless, just as is the case with Brett Anderson, there is likely to be resistance from some of the players that will be mandated to accept such an agreement.

On the other hand, there will be a number of players that will be onboard. Yet the are a number of issues in relation to the players and coaches that come to mind if MLB and the players’ association come to an agreement. Players and coaches could have comorbidity that could make them more susceptible and vulnerable to this virus. As Passan notes, Mike Trout would likely miss the birth of his child as would others around the sport. The death of loved ones is also possible and maybe even likely. Not being able to mourn with family at home would become real.

If baseball were able to come back in some form, it would be a welcome entertainment to many of us. That would be especially true of BCB readers. Yet there would be consequences to those that play, coach, and manage baseball unlike anything seen previously. The question to be answered, is it worth it?

MLB has just recently responded to these reports with the following statement: