Chicago Cubs: MLB, players’ union reportedly close to an agreement

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MLB and the players’ union are reportedly close on an agreement for how the season will look once we get going. What will it look like for the Chicago Cubs?

As the day that was supposed to be Opening Day has arrived, and we eagerly await the return of Chicago Cubs baseball, USA Today is reporting that MLB and the players’ union are close on an agreement for how to proceed with the 2020 season once it starts. However, it’s still uncertain when that will be. Right now, it sounds as if they are aiming for an early June start date.

Though many details are still up in the air, it’s clear that both sides are committed to playing as full of a season as possible. It had previously been reported that both sides were still hoping to get 140 to 150 of the regular 162 games this year, though the USA Today report simply stated that they wish to play “at least 100 games.”

It sounds like, to make this happen, both sides are willing to extend the regular season into October – pushing the postseason into November – while they are also ready to schedule “weekly doubleheaders” to make up for some lost time. Both of these measures would likely be necessary to get close to a full season in as possible. It would be tough – see the Bleacher Nation article cited above on a possible math scenario – but if the season can get going by June, it’s still possible.

Personally, I like both of these ideas, though they come with challenges. I wondered whether the players’ union would be willing to support doubleheaders in these extenuating circumstances; on the one hand, it can be tiring for the players, but on the other hand, it will give them more games to drive up their statistics and player value. And of course, the owners would like it because it would mean more revenue.