MLB announces 2020 regular season
Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. recently announced that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season in approximately one month on July 23 or July 24.
“Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” he said. “We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with baseball again soon.”
The announcement followed confirmation that the MLB Players Association accepted the health and safety protocols that will guide MLB’s return to play and that players will be able to report for training by today. The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return.
MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e. East versus East, Central versus Central and West versus West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.