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Reacts: How Many Games Does it Take for a Meaningful Season?

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Cardinals fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

As we continue to trudge through the coronavirus pandemic and inch closer to Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer as many believe, we are all missing one our favorite summer pastimes. I’ve heard a few people say that the stay at home orders wouldn’t be half as bad if there were live baseball to look forward to each day. So, it is not a surprise to see that fans are ready for the return of baseball. According to the latest survey conducted by SB Nation Reacts, they are behind the owners’ plan to start the season.

Of those surveyed, 69 percent believe it is feasible for regular season games to begin in early July. The current plan would likely get the season started around the July 4th weekend.

That plan, which is being negotiated with the MLBPA, would feature an 82-game season from July until early November. Nearly 80 percent of fans believe that length would still be seen as a meaningful season, with 59 percent saying the season needs to be at least 81 games long.

This is in line with how fans voted in late March, when more than 50 percent of fans said they expected 90 games or fewer this season. However, only 40 percent of fans then believed that a season featuring only 82 games would be meaningful, with the remaining 60 percent needing over 100 games.

Fans appear willing to make a number of sacrifices just to see baseball played this year. In addition to a shorter season, 63 percent also said they expect the 2021 season to be affected by this coming season. We are going to feel the aftershocks of this pandemic for years to come.

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