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The Daily Chop: Another startup proposal, Luke Jackson and more

Luke Jackson will represent the Braves in a “MLB The Show” online league.

Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game Five Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

While no one can be sure when Major League Baseball might return, the league is doing its due diligence when it comes to developing possible scenarios for what would most certainly be a radically different season. Last week we received word of a potential plan that would see at least the early portion of the season played out in Arizona. On Friday another proposal emerged via USA Today which would have all 30 teams returning to their spring training sites and playing regular-season games only in those two states. Three divisions would be realigned based on the location of their spring training homes.

Per the report, the Braves would land in the Grapefruit League south division along with the Red Sox, Twins, Rays and Orioles.

Of course it is worth pointing out that like the Arizona plan, this plan would have a number of hurdles that would have to be cleared before it would become feasible. One of the biggest is that Florida has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the situation doesn’t seem likely to improve anytime soon.

More Braves News

Luke Jackson will represent the Braves beginning Friday in an “MLB The Show” online league. The league will run for approximately three weeks with the top eight players advancing to the postseason.

Freddie Freeman and Cole Hamels weighed in on the idea of playing games without fans and family while speaking with Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo looks at five players who could be future closers in the NL East. Patrick Weigel was the choice for the Braves provided he makes the full time conversion to a reliever.

Braves History

The “Braves Classics” series continued on Friday with a look back at Chipper Jones’ final season debut.

Friday’s Braves flashback travels back to Friday, April 10 and a soggy season opener at Turner Field against the Nationals.

MLB News

Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that major league and minor league executives are expected to renew talks in regards to the Professional Baseball Agreement in the next couple of weeks. Talks were originally put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The current PBA is expected to expire this fall. Per the report, Minor League Baseball has expressed interest in extending the current PBA for another year but that is not something that MLB is interested in at this point.

This week’s FanPulse results centers on what we are missing the most without baseball and to what lengths we would be willing to go to have a 2020 season.