The Seattle Mariners will get a chance to snap their 18-year playoff drought after all. Yes, Mariners fans there will be baseball this year. Tuesday evening the MLB Players Association agreed with MLB owner’s proposal for a 60-game season. As a result, players will be reporting to camp on July 1st
“Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “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.”
Opening day for the season will be on July 23rd or 24th.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.
MLB will be working with a variety of public experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive plan to facilitate a safe return for players and team personnel.
SPRING TRAINING 2.0
Spring Training 2.0 will be held in the club’s Major League ballparks after recent spikes in coronavirus in both Florida and Arizona caused all 30 spring facilities to be shut down for deep cleaning.
Teams will be allowed to invite 60 players to big league camp, with only those players eligible to play during the season. Each team’s 60-man list must be submitted by Sunday afternoon. Teams will have the ability to send up to 20 players who are not on the 40-man roster to an alternate site.
The designated-hitter rule will be used in both leagues in 2020, part of the league’s health and safety protocols for this season.