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MLB to implement 60-game schedule if players can report to camp by July 1

Major League Baseball owners are planning on implementing a 60-game season. We break down the latest news.

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Tony Clark and Rob Manfred talk before Game 2 of the 2017 World Series

Major League Baseball owners and players could not come to terms on an updated economic plan, and so the owners are going to implement the March 26th agreement. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will implement a 60-game regular season that will start the weekend of July 24th and end September 27th, according to multiple reports.

The league has not announced the season start date, but is instead awaiting answers from the union on a pair of questions, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The union has to let the owners know if players can report to spring training by July 1st, and if the players will agree on health and safety protocols for the 2020 season. The owners are looking for an answer by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

If this works out, baseball will start the final week of July and finish its regular season the final week of September. That would provide time for the playoffs to start and complete before the end of October. MLB owners have expressed concern about a potential surge of Covid-19 if the playoffs were to extend into November.