Saying the phrase "The MLB is Back" is something many MLB fans thought they couldn't say in 2020. Turns out, we could now say it! The MLBPA and MLB owners have finally made an agreement!
The MLB has officially announced that there will be an MLB season in 2020 consisting of 60 games. The MLB is aiming for Opening Day to be on July 23 or July 24. Players will report to Spring Training on July 1! The two sides also finalized coronavirus health and safety protocols on Tuesday night.
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Details of the 2020 season!
Things are going to move quickly as July 23 is around the corner. Teams will be submitting 60-player rosters for big-league spring training, with that list due to the league office by Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. This is a short amount of time so hopefully managers have an idea of who will be on their roster.
The trade deadline this year will be pushed back from the scheduled July 31, to August 31. Unlike in most years, that will represent the midway point of the season.
Here's perhaps the most surprising element of the details revealed so far! The MLB has talked with the city of Nashville about hosting two teams of unsigned players who would be paid to remain in shape as potential replacement players, should the need arise during the season. Teams would then have to pay to add these players. It's unclear exactly who would be involved and how it would work, but it's worth knowing that it's a possibility being discussed.
Where the Toronto Blue Jays will play remains uncertain. An Ontario health official said MLB has not submitted a plan local health officials need to allow the Blue Jays to play in Toronto. Even though this may not be the season we wanted, all baseball fans should be happy that the MLB has finally made an agreement and has gotten over all the hurdles!
Baseball is Back! Play Ball!