On the heels of Tuesday’s agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Player’s Association, we know that baseball is scheduled to resume in 2020. As such, the Commissioner is laying out a roadmap for restarting the 2020 Salmon League Baseball season amid the COVID-19 crisis.
At the moment, players are preparing to report to “spring” training to prepare for an abbreviated 60-game season that is slated to start in late July.
The season will have a very different look and feel to it when/if the games begin. A thorough rundown of the changes can be found here. While the various rule changes will have some impact on our game, the bigger obstacle to a full season is going to be the health and welfare of the players themselves.
In order to adapt to the new environment, SLB will monitor the progress of both spring training and Yahoo’s response to the altered season.
Ideally, Yahoo will build in a new player status that maps to MLB’s COVID-19 Injury List and allows teams to keep an unlimited number of players who test positive for COVID or opt-out due to other risk factors without burning any of the traditional IL or NA roster slots.
If they do not, we will reconvene the league on July 15 (aka: SLB Decision Day) when the Commissioner will layout scenarios for an equitable resumption of league play the following week. The league will then vote to determine any 2020-only alterations to the league setup.
Options in that scenario could include:
- Expanding bench spots and conducting a small online draft of players in the current FA pool.
- Expanding bench spots that must remain empty with the exception of players on the COVID IL.
- Awarding the trophy directly to the Genies and skipping all of this madness.
- Expanding the number of NA slots available (if Yahoo designates COVID-related absences as NA).
These are hypotheticals and our path will be informed by the progress made at spring training and Yahoo headquarters in the coming weeks.
We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this situation and look forward to playing ball very soon.
Stay safe and wash your hands.