Major Leagues return, with severe protection measures

The parties reluctantly agreed and, fortunately, the action will return to the Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States, between July 23 or 24 next July and should extend until September 27 in the regular season.

The Major League Players Association (MLBPA) and the MLB commissioner's office agreed on a "small" season of 60 games, amid the pandemic of the new Coronavirus, which has caused so much disruption around the world.

Players are expected to receive their prorated wages, or 37% of their full season wages. They are going to lose a lot of money, but it is better than nothing, as things were going. The postseason will remain in 10 teams.

Among the novelties in the series are the use of the designated hitter in both leagues and a modified Schiller Rule to decide games, putting only one man at second base to define the extrainnings, starting in the tenth inning.

As for the security protocol, this is huge. Among the measures are that the tests to the COVID-19 will be carried out every two days and all the personnel of the teams that are not going to act in a match, including the players, will sit in tribunes or another area specially designated to the club.

In addition, nasobucos will be used on benches and bullpens, and spitting on the ground and holding hands or hugs is prohibited. Finally, players who test positive for COVID-19 will join another list of injured, with no minimum or maximum days.

On the first day of July, players must report to training, which will only last about three weeks. We'll see how it works, but I foresee a large number of injuries from athletes' relative downtime.

"A wolf's hair," says the saying. A 60-game season is better than nothing for the millions of MLB fans across the globe, quite upset already with the lengthy dispute between the Players Association, the commissioner's office and team owners.