MLB return: Details emerge on proposal to start season, per report

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A plan to bring baseball back would include a regionalized schedule and up to 80 games with a season starting in July, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. 

As previously reported, the plan is to be presented to the players' union next week and would include starting the season without fans in the stands. 

According to Rosenthal's report, teams would play in as many parks as feasible and face opponents only from their division and same geographical region. 

ESPN.com reports that the players' union is most concerned with player safety and compensation. Without fans in the stands, players may be asked to take a salary cut, according to reports.

"I don't think anything can be done until that [safety] can be guaranteed and we feel comfortable with it," executive board member and Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller told ESPN. "We want to put a good product on the field, but that's totally secondary to the health of the players. We are generally younger and healthier, but that doesn't mean our staff is, that doesn't mean the umpires are going to be in the clear.

"It's not hard to get one degree of separation away from players who have kids who may have conditions, or other family members that live with them. I'm confident before anything happens, we'll sort through all those issues."

Miller added players are looking forward to reviewing an actual proposal - he told ESPN that like the rest of the public, they have been learning about proposed plans through the media and haven't seen anything concrete.

"As soon as something hits the news, the text messages go and the phone call happens ... yet MLB hasn't sent us any form of presentation or proposal," Miller said. "That's tough. It puts us in a weird situation."

The news comes as all major sports leagues are continuing to try to find ways to start games safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Other professional leagues are also taking slow steps to get back to normal - though the NBA and NHL have not offered any sort of definitive timeline for restarting their seasons. The Cavaliers and Trailblazers did open their practice facilities for voluntary socially distanced workouts this week. And the NFL released its regular-season schedule on Thursday - though commissioner Roger Goodell continues to say that the league will "make adjustments" as necessary. 

On Saturday, a UFC fighter had to pull out of a scheduled fight after testing positive for the virus.

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