This might just be a pipe dream, but assuming there is baseball this season, there are a lot of questions about the schedule. Of course, nobody know when the games would start or how many they’d play, but on the question, “Do they just start at the point of the schedule they’re at or do they create a new schedule?” Jason Stark of The Athletic answers:
Assuming it’s possible to resume the season at some salvageable date, baseball’s tentative plan is to pick up each team’s schedule with whatever date the new Opening Day arrives, though some tweaks are possible.
On one hand, now that the schedule is largely computer-crafted, MLB does have the capability to quickly churn out a schedule model for any number of games it aspires to play. But on the other hand, there are practical reasons that spinning off a brand new schedule of, say, 81 games isn’t a realistic option.
Stadium dates are booked. Tickets have been sold. Hotel rooms have been reserved. And there is less wiggle room than you would imagine.
As for “How deep into the year can the season be played?” There is a lot of talk that they could try to push the season back a bit with the thought that playoffs games would be held in neutral sites with domes and roofs. Not the most idea situation but at this point it’s making the most of a horrible situation. If so, that would mean Rangers fans will get to see playoff baseball in the Rangers new Ballpark. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Rangers. But it would be playoff baseball, something we haven’t seen, and probable won’t see, for a while otherwise.
And, finally, “Would they play with no fans?” Two different discussion going on here. One, as was talked about yesterday, yes, because the teams would be TV revenues they would otherwise have to give back. Two, it would be a badly needed shot in the arm for Americans stuck at home. But there is another school of thought be discussed. Games could be played in South Korea, in front of live audiences. That country did a remarkable job of containing early and getting a handle on the situation. It hasn’t disappeared, of course, but it’s no longer a pandemic there. And, baseball is huge in Korea. Imagine the excitement, and revenues, generated by having MLB games there. It’s an idea that’s just so crazy it could work.
Again, this is are all just conjecture and talk. But there’s nothing else to do while we ride it out.