This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Over the past couple of years, Life, the Universe and Everything, has gradually become a semi-regular part of Mound Musings. As we all try to answer the ultimate question, I'll occasionally dedicate this space to elaborating on questions from you, the readers. As we hopefully get up to speed for the 2020 season, I thought it might be a good time to review some of the events that could soon come about, leading to a resumption of play in the foreseeable future. We're certainly not there yet, but I think I see a faint light at the end of the tunnel.
The Light at the End of That Tunnel: It's there. It's still flickering at times, but it's there. The owners and the player's union have been immersed in talks, and it's safe to say the one thing they all agree upon is the hope baseball can return sooner rather than later. Not surprisingly, information regarding the plan has been both sketchy and fluctuating as the status of the pandemic updates.
Other than money, one key point that continues to vacillate is length of schedule. From a fantasy perspective, that's a big one. Not long ago, the prevailing winds suggested they might play close to a typical 162-game regular season. Starting so late in the year, that would have meant a greatly compressed schedule with frequent doubleheaders, and pre-playoff games being played into October or even November. The implications would be far-reaching. Even with significantly expanded rosters, that schedule would