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Triple Play: Play Ball! MLB Very Close To Returning For Shortened Season




 Helena Senators Coach Anthony Hogan watches players warm up at Kindrick Field before the amateur baseball game against the Missoula Mavericks on May 21, 2020 in Helena, Montana.
Helena Senators Coach Anthony Hogan watches players warm up at Kindrick Field before the amateur baseball game against the Missoula Mavericks on May 21, 2020 in Helena, Montana.
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Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.

A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was the final result of failed financial negotiations. But for fans eager to see any baseball this year, at least now they can look forward to opening day. The announcement by MLB came while more players continue to test positive for the virus — at least seven on the Philadelphia Phillies alone. And a stark realization remained, that if health situations deteriorate, all games could still be wiped out. One day after the players’ association rejected an economic agreement and left open the possibility of a grievance seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, the bickering sides agreed on an operations manual. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred then unilaterally imposed the schedule, his right under a March agreement with the union.

Today on AirTalk, the Triple Play reconvenes to discuss the latest with the MLB deal. What do you think about how plans for the season are developing? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Nick Roman, host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered”; he tweets @RomanOnTheRadio

A. Martinez, host of KPCC’s “Take Two”; he tweets @amartinezLA