Each week brings with it a new plan, hatched to get the 2020 baseball season -- somehow, someway -- underway.
First, it was an Arizona-only format, with players living in isolation and all 30 teams utilizing Cactus League sites and Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix
Next, it was Arizona and Florida, with teams training, then playing out the schedule in their usual spring training facilities.
Then came a proposal involving Arizona, Florida and Texas.
And on Tuesday, according to USA Today, MLB is considering a proposal under which as many as half the teams would begin the season in their own major league ballparks, initially with no fans in attendance, but with the possibility of fans being allowed as conditions improve and the pandemic's spread slows.
Beginning in either late June or early July, the 30 teams would be divided into three geographic 10-team divisions without regard to traditional American and National League affiliations and play either entirely or mostly within their division, with the regular season continuing through October. That would be followed by a reconfigured postseason. The goal would be to play at least 100 regular season games.
Here are five thoughts on the latest plan:
1. At least initially, it's highly unlikely Fenway would be one of the hosting sites.
The state of Massachusetts currently ranks third among all states with the most number of COVID-19 cases and the curve has yet to be flattened. Playing games at Fenway, even without fans, would be a highly risky proposition and further strain the area's medical community resources.
Exactly where the Red Sox would play their games in the early part of the schedule is unclear, though it's a fair assumption that it wouldn't be in the Northeast, the area hit hardest by the virus.
Such an arrangement could be seen as a competitive impediment for the Sox, though with no teams playing in front of fans, it's tough to argue that any team would realize a true home-field advantage.