Major League Baseball is officially back

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When it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly, it’s been almost all ugly for Major League Baseball ever since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Negotiations that were seemingly going nowhere and then out of nowhere comes an agreement for a 60 game season.

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Tonight, the MLB Players Association officially agreed to participate in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s unilaterally implemented season, starting around July 24th.

Now that health and safety protocols are in place, the players have agreed to re-report to a three week spring training starting July 1st.

Under this format, the players could still file a grievance against the owners for not completing as full of a season as possible.

Fingers crossed the pandemic doesn’t get in the way of the ten team post-season, beginning after the league’s self-imposed cut-off of September 27th.

Some changes for 2020 in the wake of the virus:

  • Universal designated hitter
  • Extra innings starting with a runner on second base
  • Giving pitchers permission to have a wet rag in their pocket as an alternative to licking their fingers
  • Players will receive the full pro-rated share of their salaries, which works out to be about 37 percent
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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.