By Jalon Hill
Major League Baseball has decided to go on with their season despite the pandemic but their decision has left them in a tough predicament.
With the season starting just last month, they have already been forced to postpone almost 40 of their games due to the number of positive covid-19 tests
On July 6, Major League Baseball decided to start their season on July 23 with a shortened 60-game schedule. It was also announced that the postseason would be expanded to a 16-team playoff tournament instead of the regular 10-team tournament.
Coronavirus outbreaks among players on the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets have forced the league to postpone many of their marquee matchups.
According to ESPN, these following games have been postponed:
- Marlins-Orioles four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)
- Yankees-Phillies four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)
- Marlins-Nationals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
- Phillies-Blue Jays three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
- Brewers-Cardinals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
- Cardinals-Tigers four-game series (Aug. 3-6)
- Cardinals-Cubs three-game series (Aug. 7-9)
- Cardinals-Pirates three-game series (Aug. 10-12)
- Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader (Aug. 13)
- Cardinals-White Sox series opener (Aug. 14)
- Reds-Pirates games (Aug. 15-16)
- Reds-Royals series opener (Aug. 18)
- Mets-Marlins game (Aug. 19)
- Mets-Yankees three-game series (Aug. 20-22)
These postpone games have a major effect on final standings when the regular season comes to an end as many teams will have an unequal number of games played.
The last time this was an issue was during the 1981 strike. This MLB will look to tackle this issue similar to how they did then.