MLB insider Bob Nightengale: ‘99.99' percent chance 2020 season happens


How do you feel about a 100-game baseball season starting in late June or early July played in MLB ballparks without fans? 

Or about the White Sox and Cubs competing in the same 10-team division and playing each other 10 times?

And what about a postseason consisting of 20 teams or more?

These are some of the revolutionary ideas being discussed right now by Major League Baseball about a possible 2020 season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, who broke the story and came on the White Sox Talk Podcast to discuss the potential plan.

This latest proposal hinges on restrictions being lifted as well as increased testing capabilities across the country in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

But according to Nightengale, this is the most optimistic tone he’s heard from people in the game about a 2020 baseball season since the league was shutdown in March.

"At least 10 days ago, they weren't sure there would be baseball. You'd ask anybody you wanted: Owners, presidents, GMs, it was almost a flip of the coin," Nightengale said. "Some people said yes, some people said no.

"You ask people now, they'll say 99.99 (percent) that we're going to play baseball in some fashion and they really believe they can pull it off beginning July 4th weekend, at the latest."

Listen to the entire interview on the latest White Sox Talk Podcast.

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