Major League Baseball and the Players Association are expected to maintain dialogue in the coming week on a potential plan for an abbreviated 2020 season that would begin in early July. One individual who would like to see the two sides work out an agreement sooner than later is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On Saturday, Cuomo addressed the potential of the New York Yankees and New York Mets playing games later this year. "If you have an economic activity that can take place and generates economic interest and entertainment interest," Cuomo said, according to Nick Reisman of Spectrum News. "When you look at the risk-reward, there's a lot of reward with minimal risk."
Cuomo added that he has spoken to baseball officials about a potential season, though his power is limited outside of the state of New York. He noted, too, that plans would be put into place to ensure stadium workers would be protected.
Of course, the players and their families (along with other essential workers who aren't as well compensated) might disagree with Cuomo's assessment that there's "minimal risk" involved in a baseball season. Especially with no vaccine or cure available for COVID-19, and with new symptoms and long-term ramifications being discovered by the week.
Still, Cuomo's comments come hours after the league's 67-page safety and testing proposal was leaked by The Athletic. The league's plan includes regular testing for uniformed personnel, as well as other precautions, such as socially distanced lockers.
The health and safety of the players and other essential personnel is considered one of the two major hurdles the league and union must clear for there to be a season. The other is compensation. The two sides reached an agreement in March concerning player salaries, but the owners have wanted to revise that deal in light of the revenue lost from fans being unable to attend games.