Major League Baseball will look to kick off the 2020 baseball season on either Thursday July 23rd or Friday July 24th, according to Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. last week.
Manfred said Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from now.
“Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” said Commissioner Manfred in a press release. “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.”
Manfred announcement came after Major League Baseball and 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 July 1st.
According to MLB.com, 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.
DETAILS OF THE NEW MLB PROPOSAL:
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 vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. 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.