- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 17, 2020

In quarantine, Bryce Harper has been thinking of how baseball can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic. And on Saturday, he shared them with the world.

Posting on Instagram, the Philadelphia Phillies star laid out his approach to how he’d like to see MLB return — proposing some outside-the-box ideas in the process. 

Harper suggested borrowing a postseason format from the College World Series, a 10-team round robin style tournament that contains best-of-three series and a loser-leaves-town matchup on the losing side of the bracket.

The former Nationals slugger also raised the possibility of a 135-game season, stretching all the way into November.

Here is the full list of Harper’s ideas below:



Baseball Season: Beyond the health and safety which comes first for all players, staff, workers, fans, and families. ⠀

Just an idea I have been thinking about.

East/West like NBA. ⠀

July 31 days⠀
August 31 days ⠀
September 30 days ⠀
October 31 days ⠀
November 15 days

135 games. ⠀

Off day every 2 weeks on a Monday and Sunday double header 7 innings. ⠀

30 players. 6 man rotation. Save arms. IF pitchers wanted this. If not no big deal. DH and any other ideas possible.⠀

Playoffs
2 week World Series. Like Super bowl week. ⠀

10 teams round robin format College World Series kinda style at the new Texas Stadium or whatever stadium/stadiums are best. 3 game series. You win the series you move on. You lose you play the other loser in a 1 game wildcard. Winner of that moves on. Other team is out.

Or you could play it in Vegas so you have the Strip Hotels and could use one hotel for all the guys and contain possibly? ⠀

2 teams left 7 game World Series. They get 2 days off before the series. With those 2 days off you do a All Star Game and homerun derby. Could do the MLB awards as well at that time. ⠀

Open this up on all platforms. No blackouts. Open it for everybody to watch. ⠀

Then you back up season the next 2 years. May 1st 2021. April 1st 2022. Maybe I’m crazy. Just fun to think about and throw around ideas

 

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Baseball Season:⠀ Beyond the health and safety which comes first for all players, staff, workers, fans, and families. ⠀ ⠀ Just an idea I have been thinking about. ⠀ ⠀ East/West like NBA. ⠀ ⠀ July 31 days⠀ August 31 days ⠀ September 30 days ⠀ October 31 days ⠀ November 15 days ⠀ 135 games. ⠀ Off day every 2 weeks on a Monday and Sunday double header 7 innings. ⠀ ⠀ 30 players. 6 man rotation. Save arms. IF pitchers wanted this. If not no big deal. DH and any other ideas possible.⠀ ⠀ Playoffs ⠀ 2 week World Series. Like Super bowl week. ⠀ ⠀ 10 teams round robin format College World Series kinda style at the new Texas Stadium or whatever stadium/ stadiums are best. 3 game series. You win the series you move on. You lose you play the other loser in a 1 game wildcard. Winner of that moves on. Other team is out. ⠀ Or you could play it in Vegas so you have the Strip Hotels and could use one hotel for all the guys and contain possibly? ⠀ ⠀ 2 teams left 7 game World Series. They get 2 days off before the series. With those 2 days off you do a All Star Game and homerun derby. Could do the MLB awards as well at that time. ⠀ ⠀ Open this up on all platforms. No blackouts. Open it for everybody to watch. ⠀ Then you back up season the next 2 years. May 1st 2021. April 1st 2022. Maybe I’m crazy. Just fun to think about and throw around ideas🤪

A post shared by Bryce Harper (@bryceharper3) on May 15, 2020 at 10:27pm PDT

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