Fans should be prepared for a significantly shortened season if baseball is able to come back at all this year, and the 1981 campaign may be the most relevant comparison available. That season was split in two by a labor dispute, but when the sport finally returned, its stars still had an abbreviated chance to shine. Mike Schmidt won a second straight MVP. The Expos made their only postseason appearance in Montreal. Pete Rose tied the National League's career hits record before the strike, then broke it in his first game back. The season was far from ideal but avoided becoming a farce.

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