MLB Players Remain Hopeful That Upcoming Season To Start On Time Despite COVID Issues

Major League Baseball spring training is set to start in about a month, and players around the league remain hopeful that the 2021 season will start on time.

The 2020 season lasted just 60 games, and the league is hopeful that they can find a way for all teams to play 162 games in 2021.

USA Today reports that one player who says he's coming back for 2021 after sitting out 2020 is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price, who gave up $11.9 million not playing.

“We’ll see what happens over the next month, but my plan is to be there for the start of spring training," Price said.

Last year, the league lasted just a few days before an outbreak on the Miami Marlins started a stretch of game cancellations.

The league ended up postponing a total of 40 games involving the Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants.

For now, MLB is still looking to have a full five weeks of spring training in Arizona and Florida, and then starting the season on time.

Just a few days back, MLB commish Rob Manfred issued health and safety guidelines for fans attending spring training and regular-season games.

The health and safety guidelines include fans seated in pods six feet apart, opening ballpark entrances on a scheduled basis, and masks.

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