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MLB Owners Approve Plan To Start Season In July

crowd in stands at Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field is the current home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, the Associated Press is reporting.

The plan, according to a person familiar with the decision, said the plan envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.

Spring training would start in early to mid-June. Each team would play about 82 regular-season games, most against opponents in its own division. The Tampa Bay Rays play in the American League Eastern Division.

Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.

Florida saw baseball's Spring Training in Florida and Arizona apruptly cut short in March as COVID-19 began to spread across the country.