March 11th, 2020 was the last time a major sport was played in America. The MLB is scheduled to be the first sport back starting on July 23rd. Things are looking promising for baseball as all training camps started on time on July 1st. There are plenty of different features to the MLB season this year including a 60-game season with regional opponents, universal DH, a late trade deadline, and a new extra inning rule.
The 60 game season is something the MLB has never done before, but it is in place so that the MLB can start on time for the 2021 season. This gives every team a chance because any team can get hot at any time. Bubble teams on the edge of the playoffs like the Cubs, Phillies, and Mets all have a chance to make the playoffs if they start off hot. Every team will only play divisional games and teams in the opposite league as them. For example, the NL East will play divisional games and against the AL East. The NL Central will play divisional games and against the AL Central and so on.
The Universal DH is another different aspect of the 2020 MLB season. This is an experiment for the National League and this could be implemented for seasons to come. Now there are no more pathetic pitcher at bats, but there is also less strategy in the game. The trade deadline has been moved back the August 31st as well. A player can be traded with only 1 month remaining in the season. A player can spend 1 month on a team and then leave in the offseason which is crazy, but there needs to be a trade deadline. The last change is that there is an automatic runner on second base in regular season extra inning games, a rule change that will enable fans to see extra innings games through to their conclusion without drinking espresso into the wee hours. With a dramatically condensed schedule, especially, it's important that the games move faster.
Happy 4th of July everyone! God Bless America!