Bryce Harper Lays Out Wild Ideas for 2020 MLB Season on Instagram and They May Actually Work
By Jerry Trotta
Players around Major League Baseball were quick to voice their resentment toward the owners' proposal to kickstart the 2020 regular season. Of course, those demands were highlighted by a 50/50 revenue split that would see players take a significant pay cut.
In light of the of the week-long dispute, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has taken the initiative to outline his own blueprint for a potential campaign. While his ideas don't exactly give players a second to catch their breathe they could actually work.
That's A LOT to digest.
Harper starts by laying out a 135-game schedule that would span 138 days from July 1 to Nov. 15. Teams would play 13 straight days and conclude that stretch with a seven-inning doubleheader on Sunday. While the 27-year-old superstar isn't sure where games would be held, he added that every other Monday would serve as an off day.
That sounds like a lot of strain on the arms of pitchers, particularly relievers, but the six-man rotation isn't too shabby of a proposal, and Harper's suggestion of 30-man rosters would go a long way in relieving that burden.
Now that the regular season is settled, let's dive into the former NL MVP's postseason design.
Harper is advocating for a 10-team round-robin style tournament that would feature best-of-three series AND on-game wild cards fixtures. The outcome would see two teams remaining -- one from the East and West (conference?) --that would compete in the World Series.
Folks, this is crazy enough to the point where it could work. We'd like to see more off days for players, but those kinks could be sorted fairly easily.
Somebody get commissioner Rob Manfred on the phone.