Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid May, and that remains subject to change as the situation develops.
Whenever baseball does return, MLB and the MLBPA will have a ton of questions to answer and logistics to figure out. That is still true even after the two sides came to an agreement regarding salary, service time, the draft, and several other matters. Among the biggest questions remaining: how many games will MLB play in 2020? The answer could be zero. I hope not, but it's possible.
The tentative plan right now calls for picking up the schedule at whichever point Opening Day arrives. That's what Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall told reporters, including The Athletic's Zach Buchanan, when the shutdown was announced, and that's what The Athletic's Jayson Stark reported more recently. Generating a new schedule is a logistical nightmare because:
Venues have already been booked.
Team travel arrangements have already been made.
Tickets (and commercial time) have been sold.
Organizing a major league season is a massive undertaking that requires months of planning. It's not something MLB can slap together in two weeks during spring training.