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Baseball’s Short Season Exposes Cracks in $1 Billion-Plus Values

  • Owners facing falling revenue, labor unrest, virus worries
  • One economist estimates franchise values down as much as 20%
Dodgers players watch the final out of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of cutout fans at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 20.

Dodgers players watch the final out of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of cutout fans at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 20.

Photographer: Harry How/Getty Images

Major League Baseball makes its long-delayed return this week, kicking off an abbreviated 60-game season that promises fans some glimmer of normalcy during a most abnormal summer.

Things get underway Thursday night with the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers facing the rival San Francisco Giants.