MLB owners, players meeting to discuss details of starting season

Major League Baseball owners are presenting their proposal to players Tuesday night on how and when to start the season.

Major League Baseball owners are meeting Tuesday night with the players to talk about a proposal of starting the season in July.

Under the MLB owners’ plan, the season would start around July 4 and last 82 games, which is roughly half of the league’s typical 162-game season.

Teams would play in their geographic area to limit travel with the hope that most teams would play in their home parks. Ultimately, that would depend on local restrictions and would probably mean empty stadiums to start the season without fans.

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Mayor Marty Walsh addressed this in his Monday afternoon news conference.

“I’m not expecting fans to be in the stands in July right now," Walsh said. "Maybe they’ll be fans in the stands at the end of the season and come playoff time.”

MLB players must approve the owners’ proposal, which entails players taking a pay cut and sharing more of the revenue with owners.

Scott Boras, one of the league’s most powerful agents, is urging players to reject that part of the proposal.