Bryce Harper's proposal for a 2020 MLB season includes 135 games and an altered playoff format

With Major League Baseball and the Players Association seeking a way to play a modified 2020 season around the spread of the novel coronavirus, one well-known member of the union has made his own proposal public. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper took to Instagram to share his vision for a 2020 season, which includes a neutral-site World Series.

Here's Harper's post:

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Baseball Season:⠀ Beyond the health and safety which comes first for all players, staff, workers, fans, and families. ⠀ ⠀ Just an idea I have been thinking about. ⠀ ⠀ East/West like NBA. ⠀ ⠀ July 31 days⠀ August 31 days ⠀ September 30 days ⠀ October 31 days ⠀ November 15 days ⠀ 135 games. ⠀ Off day every 2 weeks on a Monday and Sunday double header 7 innings. ⠀ ⠀ 30 players. 6 man rotation. Save arms. IF pitchers wanted this. If not no big deal. DH and any other ideas possible.⠀ ⠀ Playoffs ⠀ 2 week World Series. Like Super bowl week. ⠀ ⠀ 10 teams round robin format College World Series kinda style at the new Texas Stadium or whatever stadium/ stadiums are best. 3 game series. You win the series you move on. You lose you play the other loser in a 1 game wildcard. Winner of that moves on. Other team is out. ⠀ Or you could play it in Vegas so you have the Strip Hotels and could use one hotel for all the guys and contain possibly? ⠀ ⠀ 2 teams left 7 game World Series. They get 2 days off before the series. With those 2 days off you do a All Star Game and homerun derby. Could do the MLB awards as well at that time. ⠀ ⠀ Open this up on all platforms. No blackouts. Open it for everybody to watch. ⠀ Then you back up season the next 2 years. May 1st 2021. April 1st 2022. Maybe I’m crazy. Just fun to think about and throw around ideas🤪

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Basically, Harper would like to see MLB realign for this season into an East/West arrangement, similar to what the NBA uses. From there, the league would play into November, finishing with a 135-game schedule. Teams would have an off day every other Monday, and would play seven-inning doubleheaders on Sunday. Harper would allow for expanded rosters, with teams carrying 30 players.

Harper's postseason would have a different look to it as well. The tournament would include 10 teams and be of the round-robin variety, and would be hosted at either the Texas Rangers' new ballpark, or some other site that makes sense -- Harper floated Las Vegas, with players being housed in the hotels located along the Strip.

Once the World Series was decided, those teams would have two days off to prepare. Harper would have the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby held on those nights. He would also do away with blackouts, so that everyone can watch, no matter their location or platform.

Predictably, given Harper's proposal would see games played into December, he would push back the start of both of the next two seasons to allow for ample recovery time.

Is Harper's idea realistic? Probably not, since it doesn't address the most important issues facing any proposal: the safety of the players and other essential personnel, and the compensation aspect. But it is, at minimum, creative and a fun distraction at a time when distractions are welcomed.

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