As the 2020 MLB season continues to hang in the balance, the Houston Astros announced the reopening of Minute Maid Park and their training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Monday. Both facilities closed in March amid in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening of both facilities are held to individual workouts, while players are expected to wear masks when not working out.
On Tuesday, the league will present the MLB Players Association with a new financial proposal in hopes to proceed with a shortened 2020 season. In the proposal, league owners will attempt to reduce players’ salaries while playing games without any fans in attendance.
In 2019, the Astros went 107-55 and returned to the World Series, losing in seven games to the Washington Nationals. In November, an article published by The Athletic involved allegations that the Astros used sign-stealing tactics en route to their World Series title in 2017.
Although no players were punished, the MLB penalized the Astros $5 million, docked their first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and suspended manager Jeff Luhnow and general manager A.J. Hinch — who were both fired by the team.
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