Reds first baseman Joey Votto, right, and third baseman Eugenio Suarez celebrate after the final out of a victory against the Braves on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Photo: Contributing Writer
Photo: Contributing Writer

Report: Reds, Indians could play in same division in new plan MLB is considering

Season could start sometime in June

The Cincinnati Reds could play the 2020 season in a 10-team division that also includes the Cleveland Indians, according to a report by USA Today on Tuesday.

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Sources told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale the Reds and Indians would be in a Central Division that includes the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

The East Division would include the New York Yankees and Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins.

The West Division would include the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

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The point of the new divisions would be to limit travel. Team would only play in their divisions. They would play in their own ballparks but without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The season would start sometime in June or no later than July 2 and include 100 regular-season games.

This is just one idea of how baseball could play its season. There was an earlier report about all the teams playing in Arizona or Florida. Baseball released a statement in early April saying it was considering numerous contingency plans.

According to the Associated Press, which also had a report about the proposal, “Any plan would be subject to medical approval plus consent of federal, state and local authorities. Any schedule with games at neutral sites or without fans would require an agreement between MLB and the players’ association. Baseball officials have told the union of their thinking but have not made any formal proposals.”

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