I'm not sure that would work. I won't pretend to be an expert on the coronavirus. But reading about it, the risk from surfaces is real and perhaps overlooked. Rails. Seats. Parking meters. The list goes on and on.
I think we have to get to the point where we all agree the 2020 season is going to look different, in a lot of ways, if it arrives at all. The numbers will look different due to the lack of games. The postseason will probably look different due to the pushing back of the schedule. It's going to mean some changes, and then hopefully things get back to relative normal for 2021. If seven-inning doubleheaders is the key to playing more games, I don't hate it. Nine-inning double-headers would be very hard to pull off with regularity. What if one goes long? What if one goes long the night before the team is supposed to hit the road? What if the umpire crew at one game gets delayed by a 15-inning first game, and gets behind on its travel to the next stadium. You have to have some sort of a realistic time frame a doubleheader can last, if you're going to do a bunch of them. The seven-inning variety would make it more manageable.
I'm curious if the one-season suspensions of Hinch and Luhnow would apply to a cancelled season.
I see your point, and that's something that has to be considered, but another thing to consider is what would allow games to start soonest? I doubt MLB wants to throw its entire schedule in a shredder, but I don't think you can rule out that possibility until we know more. What if it's best for teams in hot-spot areas to play in their spring-training homes, for example? That changes things. This is a big part of what baseball has to decide when that time gets closer -- how much is it willing to change, or how much is it willing to wait if it decides that the best thing for the game is to return it only as we knew it when it left.
We hit on Petro earlier in the chat. I think The Captain will be back. Thought it before the stoppage. Still think so now. Faulk has not proven to be ready to fill that role. Not that he would be captain. I'm just talking about play as a defenseman. Every team that will be bidding on Petro in free agency, if he gets there, will be wrestling with the same cap issues as the Blues. And only one of those teams -- the Blues -- represents home for Petro.