Coomer: Momentum Grows For MLB Return On July 1

"You won't want to miss the Fourth of July if at all possible," Ron Coomer says.

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May 08, 2020 - 10:42 am
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(670 The Score) Major League Baseball is "close" to sending a proposal to the players' union for how it plans to hold a shortened 2020 season, ESPN reported this week.

Cubs Radio analyst and former big leaguer Ron Coomer has heard what's being reported and believes it's all real, as he told Joe Ostrowski on 670 The Score on Thursday afternoon.

From what Coomer has heard, the format would involved spring training beginning around June 10 in home ballparks, an Opening Day held July 1 or right after, all 30 teams split into three regional divisions and games being played in MLB ballparks rather than neutral sites in Arizona or elsewhere.

"There's more to it than just things being thrown out there now," Coomer said Thursday. "There's some real credence to some of these stories. It's just, I don't think Major League Baseball, they're not 100-percent ready to roll out the program and the plan yet because there are still some pieces that need to be negotiated, whether it be money, what happens if someone gets sick, playoffs -- I think -- is another big one. I think the biggest one is what happens if players get sick, get the virus. 

"There's some real credence to the three divisions -- that's real. Playing in your home ballpark -- I think that's real. That's been reported. And I think the dates, as of today, are real too. Somewhere in mid-June to get back and start camp in your home ballpark. And then I assume if you're going to play in July, you won't want to miss the Fourth of July if at all possible. 

"Those dates are real. There are still some pieces, though, that need to be figured out. So, that's why Major League Baseball has not come out and totally verified everything. But it's real. But we're coming back -- if things stay the way they are and get better -- we're coming back in mid-June."

The Midwest division would be comprised of the Cubs, Braves, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Tigers, Royals, Brewers, Twins and Cardinals. The shortened season is expected to be between 80-100 games, ESPN reported.

MLB hasn't officially revealed its potential plans.