It’s clear Major League Baseball won’t be returning anytime soon, with more and more municipalities placing restrictions on being outside — let alone public gatherings.
But if the 2020 season ever does get started, Adam Ottavino said it’s important “to get as many games as we can in.”
And the Yankees right-hander advocated playing weekly doubleheaders to do so.
“I like the idea,’’ Ottavino said on the YES Network on Monday. “I think we have to get as many games as we can in to try to keep the integrity of the baseball season.’’
By many accounts, anything before a mid-June starting point seems highly unlikely. Regardless, Ottavino wants the regular season to still mean something.
“I don’t know if we’ll get 162 [games in], but I think in baseball, more games is better,’’ Ottavino said. “It kind of does separate who the best is from not the best, in terms of teams and then we’ll see what happens in the playoffs.’’
He also supported having a limited number of off days.
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“For me, we’ll do what we’ve got to do,’’ Ottavino said. “We’re used to having a few days off here and there, but I feel like doubleheaders and maybe more of an expanded roster may be something that could be beneficial.”
Of course, there’s no way of knowing when the season will begin — if at all.
MLB is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday he’s going to sign a “Safer At Home” executive order for southeast Florida.
The order, if it goes into effect, would last through mid-April.
MLB is expected to review the executive order once it’s been issued and will comply with all government orders.
The “Safer At Home” order, which is already in effect in Tampa and forced the Yankees that were still attempting to train at their spring training complex to head home, limits activities to workers in essential industries, getting medical care, buying groceries and outdoor recreation, maintaining 6 feet between individuals.
Last week’s agreement between MLB and the Players Association will give the sport added flexibility as it deals with the unknowns the sport is sure to face.