Major League Baseball unveiled plans for a 60-game season, with opening day set for July 23 or 24. In a statement, MLB confirmed players will be able to report for training by July 1, adding: “The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play.”
Each team is set to play against each of its four divisional rivals 10 times, and four games against the other five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league. A team will make only one trip to each city it visits, according to the plan.
Other details included: games involving National League teams will include designated hitters; at the start of extra innings, there will be a runner on second base; the number of playoff teams will remain at 10, but that still could change; the trade deadline will be Aug. 31; and the deadline for postseason eligibility is Sept. 15. Also, active rosters will be 30 during the first two weeks of the season, 28 during the second two weeks and 26 following that. Teams will not expand to 28 roster spots on Sept. 1, as originally intended this year.
Opening Day: July 23 or 24
Season: 60 games
Location: Home ballparks
Health and safety: "MLB's foremost priorities" pic.twitter.com/PWOu9GolDh
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 24, 2020
Sports fans react to the news of finally getting to see baseball in 2020. However, questions still linger on how this will all be executed.
So why don't they practice in their domed stadium in Toronto?
— rrlse (@priusport) June 24, 2020
Well, if they're in AMERICA, it won't be handled well!!
— Socially Distant SAB (@sualbu) June 24, 2020
but but I was told MLB wanted to bring back baseball for The Good Of America https://t.co/CLnUC7CQp5
— Shawn Brody (@ShawnBrody) June 24, 2020
— SEMO Little League Fantasy Baseball (@SEMOFantasy) June 24, 2020
Do I miss baseball? Absolutely! Would it be cool watch the Raptors repeat?? Yes!! Would hockey help distract from… *gestures at world*? Indeed!
But damn, having sports open again in the next month will kill people.
— John Lebow (@BigNiceJohn) June 24, 2020