MLB Rumors: Why July 1 Opening Day Is Optimistic, But Unlikely Proposal

It (hopefully) won’t be long until Major League Baseball returns, but it likely won’t happen as soon as one recent report suggests.

Former third baseman Trevor Plouffe took to Twitter on Monday night claiming a second round of spring training would begin June 10 and Opening Day had been set for July 1. Several MLB insiders quickly debunked the claim, crushing fans’ brief excitement in the process.

So, why doesn’t July 1 work?

As MLB Network’s Jon Heyman explained Tuesday, the league still is receiving “conflicting info from politicians and doctors” about how to best proceed. Sure, the league would love to begin the 2020 season then, but “health concerns remain the top priority.”

What’s more, MLB reportedly hasn’t approached the Players’ Union with any specific date for Opening Day. And while July 1 hasn’t officially been ruled out, it appears to be the more “optimistic” option at this point, especially with several franchises located in states and cities in which the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc.

It’s also worth noting that COVID-19 tests remain difficult to come by in several parts of the United States, and most leagues are hesitant to take away from the country’s already-depleted stock. And league play likely will not resume without the proper number of tests.

Should all the pieces fall into place, however, a mid-summer Opening Day isn’t impossible. But there still are quite a few unknowns remaining.

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