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The Daily Chop: Optimism growing for baseball’s return

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No one is sure when, where or how but confidence is growing that we will have games played in 2020.

MLB Opening Day Postponed Due To Coronavirus Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There is growing optimism amongst Major League Baseball officials that regular season games will be played in 2020 but it is still unclear how, when or where they might take place according to a lengthy report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday.

Rosenthal writes that you can pick virtually any idea in regards to baseball’s return and the league is considering it. He adds that the Arizona plan, which was reported several weeks ago, is now probably the least desirable of the current options. At this point, the longer they wait, the more options they will have provided that the COVID-19 situation improves. The most realistic time for Opening Day seems to be somewhere towards the end of June and July 4 which would allow for an 80-100 game schedule.

There are still plenty of questions that will have to be answered and some major hurdles, such as whether or not to allow a limited number of fans into the park, that will have to be cleared.

Optimism seems to be building and given the current situation, that is a good thing.

Another potential return scenario reported by USA Today would scrap the American and National leagues and redistribute teams into regions to minimize travel. The plan would have the Braves in the central division along with the Cubs, White Sox, Brewers, Cardinals, Royals, Reds, Indians, Twins, and Tigers.

More Braves News

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman lists his Top 5 left fielders in Braves history with Rico Carty taking the top spot.

The Braves are rolling out another original series on their YouTube page this week entitled “The Architect: John Schuerholz.” Episode 2 dropped on Tuesday and a new episode will come out each day through Saturday.

Tuesday’s Braves flashback traveled back to 2009 and revisited one of the best starts of Jo-Jo Reyes’ career in a win over the Cardinals.

2020 MLB Draft / International Prospects

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the 2020 MLB Draft is still slated to be held on June 10 which was the date it was originally scheduled. There had been some speculation that the event would be moved back to July but that hasn’t happened yet. Heyman also reports the obvious that the Draft will be held virtually.

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez lists his Top 30 international prospects

MLB News

Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that it will allow teams to offer refunds to fans for games currently not being played due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league is not requiring teams to issue refunds, but rather each team will be able to set its own policy with several likely to offer a credit for 2021 as an option.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is expected to announce this week that their induction ceremony will be postponed until sometime in 2021 according to a report by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

MLB Trade Rumors took a look at the 20 biggest-ever contract commitments for Major League Baseball. There has been 20 players that have eclipsed the $200 million mark in terms of the total value of their contract. It is quite a list.

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini made his first public comments since undergoing surgery to remove a malignant tumor in his colon with an essay in The Players’ Tribune.