Powerhouse agent Scott Boras is one to act — and think — bold. His plan to play as close to a 162-game schedule and full version of the MLB playoffs is no different.
Boras' strategy, revealed to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, hinges on start dates that begin in either June or July, with a neutral-site World Series culminating around Christmas.
Boras has already submitted plans to MLB for a 162-game season that would begin June 1 and a 144-game slate beginning July 1. The playoffs — complete with wild-card games, a five-game division series, a seven-game championship series and a World Series — would run from Dec. 3-26. The league's eight domed stadiums and three southern California stadiums (Angels, Dodgers, Padres), will house the playoff series as winter begins.
"We have it all mapped out," Boras told the Times. "It’s workable. We’ve done climate studies, and in Southern California, the average temperature in December is 67 degrees, which is better than late March and early April in most cities. We have 11 stadiums we could play postseason games in. I’m gonna get my neutral-site World Series after all."
Scott Boras looks on before the game between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Photo: Jake Roth, USA TODAY Sports)
Teams would have to play roughly a dozen doubleheaders with the July 1 start, and Boras stressed creativity (expanded rosters, carefully scheduled off days, etc.) to cater to the players. A regular season requiring 50-plus games to be played in October and November would be unseemly in some cities.
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“All the players I’m talking to want to play all the games, and we can map this out,” Boras said. “We’re just trying to let [MLB] know we have the ability to do it, that there’s a logical way to do it. You have the facilities. You have the sites to do it. The difference is how the playoffs are run and where they’re played."
Boras, who represents stars such as , has advocated for a neutral-site World Series to enhance the business mechanism behind the event, like the Super Bowl does for the NFL.
"I think having a planned World Series at a designated site would be a tremendous economic gain for our industry," he told the Times. "You could secure corporate sponsorships and have entertainment surrounding it. The Super Bowl has one game. Here, we can have five to seven days of festivities."
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