Jim Salisbury has a story up at NBC Sports Philadelphia talking about the return of baseball and how teams will ramp up before hitting the field.
They’ll need to essentially hold a second Spring training session, which Salisbury says would take place here, as opposed to squads returning to their winter bases in Florida and Arizona:
It is likely that the Phillies will train in Philadelphia, according to multiple sources. Nothing is certain because there are still many big-picture details to work out, but that is the plan being discussed.
MLB, provided it reaches agreement with the union on safety and salary matters, and receives approval from government and health officials, would like to start the season in early July. The general consensus is that players would need three weeks to get ready. That means camps would open in the neighborhood of June 10-15.
Major League Baseball is looking at an 82-game season to compensate for the COVID-19 postponement. They originally agreed with players on a prorated salary for 2020, but then found themselves in a stalement after asking players to take a cut based on lost gate revenue projections. That idea was scoffed at by Blake Snell, Bryce Harper, and others.
A formal proposal is expected soon, and then we’ll see where the labor dispute stands. This is where we’re at right now:
Players are expecting MLB’s economic proposal by early next week. If it’s for a 50-50 revenue sharing split that’s all but sure to be shot down by players. Meanwhile, MLB seems equally opposed to paying prorated player salaries over the proposed 82 games. Compromising needed.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 21, 2020