Tim Healey: It's Going To Be a Weird Baseball Season


Hours after the players voted nearly unanimously to nix the owners most recent counteroffer—the owners countered by unanimously voting to proceed with the 2020 season under the terms of their first agreement with the players back on March 26.

WOR's Len Berman and Michael Riedel In The Morning show turned to Mets beat writer for Newsday Tim Healey to help explain exactly what's going on between the players and owners and if there will be a season this year.

"Right now it sounds like their will be a season and it's all left in Commissioner Rob Manfort's hands," says Healey.

Noam Laden, who is in for Michael, asked Tim how does it work if one player ends up getting the coronavirus?

"That person will be isolated, everyone who was in close contact will be tested so that they can be isolated if they are positive and essentially it's just finding the positive cases quarantining those people and letting the rest of the organization and team continue," said Healey.

Here is what the season calendar will look like:

  • Number of games60 games
  • Spring training 2.0: Should start in about a week—the commissioner has asked about July 1—as players will need to travel to their home cities if they aren't in them already.
  • Opening DayAround July 24.
  • Spring Training: July 1 -- MLB asked the MLBPA on Monday whether players will be able to report to training in their respective cities within seven days, by July 1.
  • Number of playoff teams: 10
  • Salary structure: Full pro rata, which for 60 games means that players will earn around 37% of their full-season salary as long as the truncated schedule is completed

To hear the rest of the conversation with Tim Healey check out the podcast below...