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Baseball fans are hurting without any new games to watch, but there may be hope just beyond the outfield wall. USA Today reported that three anonymous executives have said Major League Baseball is preparing for a shortened season with at least 100 games beginning in late June or early July.

Earlier rumors indicated that all of the teams might play their regular season games at spring training ballparks in Arizona. This new plan has them playing most of the games in the big MLB stadiums. Of course, no fans would be admitted for social distancing reasons.

The thirty MLB teams would be realigned into three 10-team divisions based on their geographic locations and regardless of National or American League affiliation. According to the report, it could look something like this:

East

New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins

Central

Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals

West

Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers

The teams would only play within their divisions during the regular season to cut down on travel. I’m guessing the top two teams from each division would then advance to the playoffs, but it’s still too early to know what might actually happen.

Hockey might be coming back, too. The Athletic is reporting that the NHL may push the 2020 playoffs as late as July and start the 2020-21 season in December. I’ll just be happy to see any games, of any kind, with or without fans in the stands.

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