By Adam Roberts – 2/1/2021
Baseball notably suffered a lot at the start of the pandemic to get their season going. Spring training was ended fairly early on, and the abridged 2020 season didn’t ultimately start until late July. While a proposal by Major League Baseball wants to delay the start of the 2021 season for similar COVID-related reasons, it appears that won’t come to pass.
The MLB Players Association is likely to reject MLB’s latest proposal to delay the start of the season. According to reports from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the MLBPA may not even counter as several players feel it’s too late to revise the schedule. MLB reportedly proposed a 154-game slate with expanded playoffs. The season would be delayed one month, but include full pay for players as part of the deal.
If the players reject this latest offer, spring training would likely start as planned in mid-February. The regular season is scheduled to begin April 1st. The Brewers will begin their spring training games February 27th against the White Sox and open the regular season April 1st at American Family Field against Minnesota. The Twins start spring baseball in Florida March 1st against Philadelphia.