Despite owners and players finally agreeing to a deal that will start the 2020 MLB season, fans are clearly unhappy.
The 2020 season will only last 60 games before the start of playoffs. However, less than half of fans who responded to SB Nation’s MLB Reacts survey felt satisfied with a season that short.
Even worse, 59 percent of fans don’t think the league will be able to finish the season, due to rising COVID-19 cases. The most troubling number is just over 50 percent of MLB fans think playing the 2020 season is a good idea at all.
Unfortunately for Rob Manfred and MLB owners, fans are putting the blame squarely on the league.
Negotiations had dragged out for months while other leagues announced plans to return. The results are more than two-thirds of fans blaming ownership. Things are especially dire for commissioner Manfred. Nearly 70 percent of baseball fans said Manfred is the worst commissioner in professional sports.
Most fans think the owners are to blame for the slowness of the labor negotiations.
The question that kind of interested me was “Will the MLB be able to finish a 60-game season?” I don’t remember how I voted on this, but as numbers climb in the states, I’m less and less hopeful that baseball will be able to play 60 games.
I’m curious at what point would the MLB cancel the season. How many players testing positive would make them throw in the towel. Each team will have a 60-man roster (counting taxi squads). If MLB teams average 2 players positive, they will keep playing, but what if teams average 15 players positive, can they keep going? What’s the level that makes the game unplayable.
Or do they stop the season if one has 30 guys out with COVID? Oh well let’s stick with averages for this.
Baseball should stop when teams average "X" cases on their 60 player roster
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