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

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Chicago Cubs: Even more issues to consider

In addition to all this, one of the most significant problems throughout this situation has been service time. Thankfully, according to USA Today, both sides have agreed that a season of any length would count as a full season of service time. Given how contentious the Kris Bryant situation was this past winter, this is probably for the best.

For us to have anything close to a full season, we’d have to get going by June, and given the state the country is in right now, that’s far from a certainty. We still have to factor in spring training, which would be necessary. Again, the teams could train and play exhibition games in their home stadiums instead of what would likely be a hot and uncomfortable climate in Florida and Arizona in May and June.

This could be a good thing; it would allow fans to witness preseason games in their home cities. That is, if fans are allowed back into the stands, and as of right now, it’s unclear whether they will be permitted if/when play resumes. Though the health and safety of fans is the most important thing, I hope fans can return to the stands soon, as baseball just isn’t the same without them.

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In any case, hopefully, an agreement will be officially announced soon. Though it may be too early to have a precise plan, since it’s too early to say when play will resume, it would be nice to know that the two sides can at least agree on some ideas for how to proceed once we get going again. It’s good to see some progress being made; it’s a sign that, indeed, our beloved game will someday come back again.