CLOSE What I’m Hearing: Baseball could be coming back as early as late June, according to our very own MLB insider Bob Nightengale. He details how this radical plan makes sense and would work. USA TODAYMajor League Baseball managers, buoyed by a belief there will be games played this year, acknowledge the season will be like no other.There will be fewer games. New rivals. New divisions, New rules. New playoff format. And likely no fans.In the end, though, there will be a new World Series champion.And no matter what anyone says, managers believe that winning the World Series would be just as gratifying, perhaps even more so, than any other title.“There will be no asterisk,’’ Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told USA TODAY Sports. “When you look at all of the hurdles, keeping your team together emotionally, and what your players have to do differently to prepare for this season, you can argue it would mean more than going through the duration and grind of an eight-month season.“To get to the finish line, and be the last team standing holding that trophy, and knowing what you had to go through to get there, would be as satisfying as any World Series championship.’’Houston Astros manager


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