As MLB 60-game season draws near, careful optimism prevails

Kansas City Royals' Adalberto Mondesi sits in the dugout during an intrasquad baseball scrimmage at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

With the start of Major League Baseball’s shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality.