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The 2020 MLB season will be shortened, say the majority of SB Nation FanPulse members

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And other results from this week’s survey.

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Cubs fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.


Earlier this week, we sent out a survey to SB Nation FanPulse members asking a number of questions about the 2020 baseball season, which was to have begun Thursday. Here are the results of the survey.

This is actually a surprisingly large number of people voting “no,” in my opinion. It does seem likely we will have some sort of MLB season, even if it’s having games played in empty stadiums. The world situation changes daily, so asking this question in a week, or two, might get different results.

Regarding empty stadiums:

About the same percentage as the first question. This is something I’m going to tackle in an article next week.

The specific numbers here are:

May 2020: 11 percent
June 2020: 38 percent
July 2020: 35 percent
April 2021: 16 percent

The “April 2021” number is somewhat smaller than the survey numbers from the previous question regarding whether there will be a baseball season at all this year.

Lastly:

Specific numbers:

90 or fewer: 52 percent
91-120: 38 percent
121-150: 8 percent
150+: 1 percent

The idea of doubleheaders has been discussed in order to get more games in whenever the season starts. I’d think that the minimum number of games to have a “real” season would be 108 — two-thirds of a season. That’s about the number of games played in the strike year of 1981, when we had the awful “split” season. It all depends, of course, on when baseball can begin again.

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