With each passing day, the odds of baseball being played before July are dwindling.
Even Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro is offering a dose of reality, saying Sunday that he’s thinking not in “days, and likely not weeks, but closer to months.”
You’ve heard enough about the challenges facing every single professional sports league, not just MLB, so we’ll skip those details and stick to baseball.
It’s hard to be certain about anything these days, but there’s zero uncertainty about this fact: When (if?) baseball does return in 2020, it will not be a 162-game season.
That’s just simple, realistic math.
But that doesn’t mean Major League Baseball can’t pull off an entertaining, compelling and memorable-for-so-many-reasons season this summer with a little bit of luck and some strict social distancing.
A shortened schedule and the creativity that will have to be baked into the planning of it could create some interesting narratives and leave the Jays’ front office with a few tough decisions to make in the process.
Here are five ways a shorter season could impact the club:
1. Jays’ postseason odds increase
Less games mean less of a sample size, which, in baseball, we all know allows us to question if the player production we’re seeing is real – good or bad.
It’s the same for team production, and a shorter season could result in some squads finding unexpected success, aided by a truncated schedule.