MLB owners sign off on plan to start season July 4th weekend

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Major League Baseball is another step closer to starting its 2020 season, but there are still several hurdles to jump.

The league's owners on Monday approved a proposal to kick the season off on Fourth of July weekend, with "Spring Training" re-starting in mid-June, The Associated Press reports. Games would be played at teams' home ball parks — unless medical experts and the government advise a switch to Spring Training stadiums — but without fans. The plan suggests an 82-game season, give or take, with teams playing only their division rivals and their geographic equivalent in the other league (that is, American League East teams will play National League East teams, and so forth). Other changes include a designated hitter in the National League and expanded rosters.

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