Scott Boras pitches idea for 162-game Major League Baseball season despite coronavirus pandemic

  • Scott Boras pitches idea for 162-game Major League Baseball season despite coronavirus pandemic

Scott Boras pitches idea for 162-game Major League Baseball season despite coronavirus pandemic

No, not because you're surrounded by your loving family, but because there's baseball on TV.

This could actually be a reality if Scott Boras gets his way.

As Major League Baseball contends with a prolonged delay to its 2020 season amid the coronavirus outbreak, one of the sport's most powerful player agents has a pair of proposals on how to proceed with a full slate of games when play eventually resumes.

It's the baseball version of "the worst person you know just made a great point".

Well, it would involve playing deep into the year, which means it would also involve a lot of neutral-site games, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We have it all mapped out", Boras told the newspaper.

"Under the Boras plan, wild-card games would be played Dec. 3, the division series would be Dec. 5-9, the league championship series Dec. 11-17 and the World Series on Dec. 19-26. I'm gonna get my neutral-site World Series after all".

As far as where the World Series will be played, Boras is a strong advocate of a neutral site for at least some of the games so that fans and sponsors have months to plan for the event, similar to the Super Bowl. He's mapped out plans for both instances.

Boras' proposals do not include any off days during postseason series, and both call for the games to be played in the following cities: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Miami, Seattle, Arizona, Milwaukee, Toronto, Houston, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Arlington, Texas.

Sport agent Scott Boras looks on during a news conference December 18, 2019, in New York City.

Both feature a playoff schedule that would run December 3-26, complete with wild-card games, five-game division series, seven-game championship series and a seven-game World Series.

The MLB season traditionally begins in late March or early April and ends in October with the World Series, which is alternately played at home stadiums of the National League and American League champions.

Under the proposal, Major League Baseball players would still receive full salaries even if the season was shortened.

Boras' schedule can work, but pulling it off would be tough. In a question-and-answer session released Monday, the NHL said it does "not anticipate a scenario in our resumption of play format that would endanger or interfere with the league's ability to stage and execute the 2020-2021 NHL season in its entirety".

The plan laid out by Boras arguably is rife with potential pitfalls, including how teams would be forced to play games in October and November in cold-weather climates. Can we expect the Chicago White Sox to host a full series in mid November?

The Boras plan is not ideal, but what plan would be in this time of uncertainty?