Breaking News: MLB has come up with a plan to start baseball

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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27), first baseman Greg Bird (33), center fielder Aaron Hicks (31), shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and teammates stand on the field as they are introduced before the game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the New York Yankees and baseball fans everywhere, it’s good news.  MLB has finalized a plan to start the baseball season.  The plan will be discussed in a conference call on Monday with the 30 major league owners.  If the owners agree to the plan, it will then be presented to the Players Association.  If they agree there will be baseball in 2020.

The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.  All aspects of the plan are subject to change due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic.  The hope is that regular-season games will be able to be held in home fields, but not in front of fans.  Unlike the previously floated plan, the games may be played within the typical National and American League format.

According to Rosenthal as an example, in a 78-game season, the Mets would play their NL East rivals — the Phillies, Braves, Nationals, and Marlins — in four three-game series. They would then play American League East sides — the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, and Orioles — in two three-game series.

The shortened season will be between 75 and 85 games and will have an expanded postseason that will be announced later.  There most likely will be no All-Star break, and the formula will feature several doubleheaders for all teams.  For the New York Yankees, Old Timer’s Day will likely not take place this season.   For more information on the details as they are released, stay with