Report: MLB owners approve giving players’ union plan to start season


NEW YORK — Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to make a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The plan Monday envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.

Spring training would start in early to mid-June.

Each team would play about 82 regular-season games, most against opponents in its own division. Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.